Mississippi Leaders to Discuss Bonnet Carre Spillway with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Mississippi leaders are preparing for an important meeting Monday that will play a key role in what happens next as trillions of gallons of freshwater spill into the Mississippi Sound killing marine life and business along our coast.
State Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman and Joe Spraggins, executive director of the Department of Marine Resources are set to meet with Major General Richard Kaiser, commander of the U.S. Army Corps’ of Engineer’s Mississippi Valley Division. Kaiser decides whether to open the Bonnet Carre and also heads up the Mississippi river commission, which recommends policy, flood control and other aspects of river work.
Since the unprecedented back-to-back openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year, hundreds of dead dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life have washed ashore and the low salinity caused by the spillway’s fresh water is wreaking havoc on those who make a living on Mississippi waters.
Hood says filing a lawsuit would be a last resort and he hopes an agreement will be reached Monday that will address Mississippi’s concerns and be agreeable to all parties. We’ll let you know what happens.