Bonnet Carré Spillway

Fight over restoration dollars in MS

Fight over restoration dollars in MS

Mississippi’s Gulf coast faces major environmental challenges – the devastation of the oyster industry from numerous disasters, most recently the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway; bacteria and water pollution hurting coastal tourism and fisheries; and the long-term loss of coastal habitat that helps sustain the Sound’s ecosystem.

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.