Public hearing to discuss Turkey Creek projects

Citizens gathered at the Isaiah Fredericks Community Center in Gulfport to hear the latest on the Turkey Creek Conservation and Habitat Restoration Project.

The project aims to restore Turkey Creek to its natural habitat and remove invasive species.

As of now, MDEQ has completed some of their engineering design and surveying, but must pause the project.

Homes in the area are flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is designing a levee plan to help the Forrest Heights community.

Before MDEQ can make progress, they must see if the projects will conflict one another. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager David Newell said, “Ultimately, we hope to get to the 35 percent submittal by the October-November time frame. Once we get to that point, we will be able to come here and get some public input from the community and take that design to the next phase.”

Newell comments that they’re hopeful they’ll be able to make a difference for the Forrest Heights community with their levee plan.

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