Mississippi River Testimonies
The Corps mission is to control flooding on the Mississippi River. Congress gave it the job after the great flood of 1927. The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) holds two public hearings in Mississippi every year at which anyone can comment or “testify” on how well the Corps is doing its job.
Bigger Pie Forum’s chair Kelley Williams has testified at several hearings. His testimony notes that Mississippi’s batture and backwaters are flooding more frequently and longer and that major floods are more frequent. It attributes this to the Corps plan adopted in 1928 and suggests that the plan is outdated and needs to change.
Private landowners, farmers, timber companies, oil operators, mineral owners, other private citizens and representatives of county government have testified as well. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann testified on behalf of the state.
I think everyone here knows the Mississippi is flooding more. But you might be surprised to know that it’s the worst in 400 years. And that most of it is due to flood control projects. That’s right, flood control causes flooding. According to research published in Nature this month.
I appreciate your invitation to testify again. I will testify about backwater flooding at Vicksburg. It’s bad and getting worse — as others will attest.
I appreciate this opportunity to testify again. Last year I talked about flooding at our farm in the Natchez reach 20 miles above the Old River Control Complex. Today I’m talking about flooding in the Baton Rouge reach below Old River. I hope to show that ORCC can reduce the height, duration, and frequency of floods – and to persuade you that it should.
Mississippi River Commission Public Meeting on the Motor Vessel Mississippi Secretary Hosemann testified before the Mississippi River Commission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to inform the public of the artificial flooding of the Mississippi River which is causing significant damage to 16th Section Public School Trust Lands and private lands. See Secretary Hosemann’s…
Testimony of Jerry Riddle For this entire past year, not one day have I been able to drive home on the road, because it’s been under water, because you refuse to open the Morganza Spillway. Why? Why would you do it? Is it because you have the big crawfish pond built on the other side…
MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION 8/17/16 INTRO CONNER HOUSE FORESTRY/LOGGING/LANDOWNER Over the past century the USACE has been tasked with modifying and manipulating the Mississippi River and its tributaries to minimize the impact of flooding and to navigation and commerce in the River. As in any environment, every action has a reaction. CLICK HERE TO READ the…