The Yazoo Pumps Project that was vetoed in 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency has been resurrected in a rider to the Senate Appropriations Committee draft FY18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The provision directs the Army Corps of Engineers to “immediately” initiate construction of a $265 million drainage project that is so damaging it was vetoed by the George W. Bush Administration. The Yazoo Pumps would drain and damage 200,000 acres of ecologically rich waterfowl habitat in the Mississippi Delta to let large landowners increase agricultural production on marginal lands that have always flooded. This rider strips away all existing and future legal protections, eliminates any and all administrative and judicial review of the project, and denies citizens the opportunity to have their voices heard. The rider also commits the federal government to paying for the entire project, regardless of funding limitations or competing priorities, by requiring use of a continuing contract for the project. MWF is urging sportsmen to reach out to their Congressional Representatives and urge them to oppose this project.