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BPF promotes environmental regulatory reform and actively engages the bureaucracy regulating flooding on the Mississippi River. BPF believes mitigating the flooding by using Old River Control Complex would give Mississippians back their privately owned land.

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Gold Coast Commodities - Part 2

Gold Coast Commodities - Part 2

by BPF Published November 13, 2020 A wastewater sample that originated from a Brandon-based chemical plant and dumped into the city of Jackson’s sewer system exploded in the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s laboratory in Pearl in 2017, according to a DEQ inspection report.

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2019 1973 MS River Flood Comparison

2019 Mississippi River Flood: One for the Records

If there were a Hall of Infamy for Mississippi River Floods, 2019 would certainly be the in the top 1 or 2 of the past century.  Thankfully, most of the levee system held so 2019 was perhaps not as dramatic as 1927 but damage was widespread and extensive.  Higher water for longer equals higher odds of greater damage and loss in the future.

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MS River Bathtub Drain

If the Mississippi River Won’t Drain, Pull the Drain Plug

Since 2016, Bigger Pie (BPF) has warned repeatedly that water reaches the Lower Mississippi River (MSR) faster than it can get out to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Isn’t it time to either remove the plugs in the Lower MSR or to open the other drain —Old River Control Structure?

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Mississippi River A New Normal

The Mississippi River — A New Normal

Why is the river so high in July?  Why has the MSR from below Natchez to north past Vicksburg been 4-5 ft. higher on average over the past decade during low water months than it was 50 years ago?

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Natchez, Mississippi

Mississippi River Natchez Gauge – Record Days Over Flood Stage UPDATED July 7, 2019

2019 will be a record for the last 80 years, possibly in modern times, for flood stage water in the Lower Mississippi River.

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Yazoo Backwater Pumps

BPF’s View on the Yazoo Backwater Pumps

The Pumps will pour water out of the Delta’s boot over the levee at Vicksburg onto people below.  They will make flooding higher and longer inside the levee.  Landowners in the Delta outside the levee will benefit.  Landowners inside the levee will suffer. The pumps won’t increase the discharge to the Gulf. They just pass the flood downriver onto someone else. That’s the history of other divisive Corps flood control projects.  That’s why the river is full now.

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A Deep Dive Into the Missississippi River

A Deep Dive Into the Lower Mississippi River

Much of the Mississippi between Natchez and Venice, LA is below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. A large portion of the river from Donaldsonville to Venice is below the BOTTOM of the entrance leading to the Gulf of Mexico.

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