Rep. Palazzo Asks Mississippi River Commission to Review Flood Standards

A Mississippi Congressman is calling for a study to review how flood waters are handled by the Mississippi Valley Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Congressman Steven Palazzo sent a letter to Major General Richard G. Kaiser, President of the Mississippi River Commission and Commander of the Mississippi River Valley Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, requesting the MRC undertake a comprehensive study to determine whether the current project flood design is consistent with modern technology and flood standards.

In his letter, Palazzo specifically states, “The commission must ensure flood control is still technically sound after nearly 50 years of advancements in science and technology.”

Palazzo reiterates the need for the commission to formulate environmental mitigation plans to prevent flood control from continuing to devastate marine environments, namely those in South Mississippi, devastated by the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening. He also calls for the mitigation plan to describe ways to lessen the impact of future spillway openings to ensure the situation does not repeat itself.

This is the second letter Palazzo has sent to Major General Kaiser, who he recently met with in his Washington, D.C. office, following the Corps of Engineers’s decision to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which has released trillions of gallons of fresh water into the Mississippi Sound, killing marine life, Coast business and the livelihoods of those who make a living off coastal Mississippi waters.

This is the first time in history the spillway has been opened twice in one year. To date, the Bonnet Carre Spillway remains open, although officials say the spillway could be closed during the second or third week of July.

The construction of the Bonnet Carre spillway was completed back in 1931. It’s located in Southeastern Louisiana. The freshwater spillover is from Louisiana and other states’ rivers, lakes and tributaries, which are pushed out through the spillway and gush into the Mississippi Sound to the east.

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