The Army Corps of Engineers have begun the process of closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
After heavy rains in the Mississippi and Ohio River Valley increased river stages, the corps opened the spillway on April 3rd.
The Army Corp of Engineers began the closing process on April 13th. As of April 29th, thirty bays remain open at the spillway and closing operations are continuing for the structure.
Local fishermen are standing together in hopes that the spillway doesn’t open again anytime soon. They have created a petition on change.org to ask Congress to adopt the Mississippi Sound and Lake Pontchartrain Act of 2020.
The petition comes after last year’s opening of the spillway caused unprecedented damage to Mississippi’s tourism and fishing industry. Ryan Bradley with Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United said, “There are some legislative proposals that our Coast leaders have put forward that they believe will help give Mississippi a seat at the table on how the decisions are made to open these spillways and river control structures and it will do a couple of other things that require consultation with local leadership. So, it’s not going to be a fix all, but we think it is the first step in trying to raise awareness about this issue we are having in Mississippi.”
To sign this petition online you can search ‘Tell Congress to Adopt the Mississippi Sound and Lake Pontchartrain Act Now’ on change.org.