Category Archives: Coastal Restoration News

Vetoed Yazoo Pumps Project Resurrected in Appropriations Rider

January 5, 2018 • Debra Veeder

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.

New Regulations for Sheepshead and Black Drum Possible for 2018

January 5, 2018 • Debra Veeder

The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (CMR) is considering new regulations for sheepshead and black drum in Mississippi waters.  Neither species currently have any size or creel limits imposed.  Although a stock assessment is still underway, the CMR has requested the staff of the Department of Marine Resources to provide some options at the February or March meeting to protect these species given the increased fishing pressure in recent years due to increasing numbers of saltwater anglers and shifting focus to alternate species as a result of new size restrictions on speckled trout and limitation on other offshore species.

 

Novice Birding Class

January 19, 2017 • Debra Veeder