The Bonnet Carre Spillway closed all of their bays on May 1st, but officials say the worst of its effects may still be yet to come.
Moby Solangi with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies says he believes we will see the major impacts of this year’s opening once all of the water that entered Lake Pontchartrain drains.
Lake Pontchartrain is a huge reservoir that takes a long time to fill up and then it drains from a small passageway so the impact of several trillion gallons will show its effects many weeks after the spillways closure.
In March we saw a very high number of dolphin deaths here on the Coast, most of which were baby dolphins.
Solangi believes this may have been a consequence of last year’s opening that might have impacted the pregnant dolphins in 2019. “Mississippi has a double whammy. Let’s put it this way, there is no other state in the union that is being battered on land by the COVID-19 pandemic and from sea by the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Mississippi River discharge. We are being affected economically both ways and physically both ways.”
Solangi believes it is likely we will see the Bonnet Carre Spillway open again this summer after all of the snow melts and causes flooding up north.