Andrew Whitehurst

Andrew presents to a gathering of community members in Hammond La.

Floodplain Resilience Presentation Debut in Hammond, La.

The first of two community meetings on wetlands and floodplain resiliency was held in Hammond at the old train depot. Wetland fill permit data from the past 5 years for St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, East Baton Rouge, St. John and St. James Parishes was presented in a series of maps showing where impacts have been most intense. We also looked at available mitigation banks to offset those fill permits. Possible restoration of sand and gravel mines was also presented as a way to stabilize river floodplains and restore riverine wetlands above population centers along the Interstate 12 Corridor along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Capt. George Ricks (speaking) 4th from left, and panel members Solangi, Lee, and Burris. Moderator Walck, right.

Community forum discussion veered away from Bonnet Carre Spillway at Sun Herald event in Gulfport

At the Sun Herald newspaper’s recent Community Forum on the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and its effects on coastal Mississippi, the discussion moved from the advertised topic to Louisiana’s Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, as yet unbuilt, but part of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s coastal master plan. Unfortunately, the sponsoring Louisiana agency, CPRA, was not represented on the Sun Herald’s speaker panel to take part in the discussion.

Commission Meeting Room on board the river towboat M/V Mississippi

Miss. River Commission’s Low Water Inspection Tour visits Vicksburg

Damage to Mississippi and Louisiana fisheries from the 2019 River Flooding, Nutrient levels in the River, Climate Change, the Yazoo Backwater Pumps, and the operation of the Morganza and Bonnet Carre Floodways were some of the topics the Mississippi River Commissioners heard when they docked their towboat in Vicksburg and invited the public to go aboard and address them.

Open pit with oil sheen - component of an oilfiled waste injection well next to Baucum property and home, Laurel, Mississippi

Baucum oilfield waste injection well lawsuit advances in Laurel, Mississippi

This article updates a blog post from 2014 on the oilfield waste deep injection well on land next to Marlan and Deidra Baucum’s home in Laurel, Mississippi. The Jones County Circuit Court decided that it will hear Mrs. Baucum’s claims for damage to her health. She is able to avoid presenting these claims to the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board. This agency process can be a quagmire of delay and frustration for a person making a damage claim due to the actions of a company that the Board regulates.

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