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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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Water, Water Everywhere: Part 2

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: Part 2

by Charles Grayson Published February 27, 2020 The batture lands along the river are a harbinger of a changing river that is less and less under control of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Deja Vu All Over Again

On January 15, 2016, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg reached 50 feet — 7 feet above flood stage.  It was the highest January crest since 1879 when Congress put the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in charge of flood control.  A freak January flood.  It caused the Mississippi deer season to close early along the river.

It happened again this year.  On January 12-13, the river reached flood stage at Vicksburg and Greenville.  And the deer season closed early.  “Deja vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra said.  The river has reached flood stage in January only three times in 140 years — but twice in the last three years.

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Why Does It Flood Part 2

Why Does It Flood When Levees Don’t Break? And Other Questions. Part 2

BPF’s Q&A two part series on MS River Flooding

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TWR - BPF Article Jan 2019

BPF Article Featured in The Woodville Republican – January 2019

BPF was featured in the Woodville Republican with a full page dedicated to Kelley Williams’ article on MS River Flooding.

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Why Does It Flood

Why Does It Flood When Levees Don’t Break? And Other Questions. Part 1

BPF’s Q&A two part series on MS River Flooding

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Congressional Record ORCC

Congressional Record on Old River Control Structure

A report on the structure and operations plan for the Old River Control Structure authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1954 is to be submitted with opportunity for public input and stakeholder engagement, including public meetings.

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Flood Control and Insanity

Flood Control and Insanity

The Mississippi River is usually low in the fall.  But it reached 42 feet at Natchez this month and flooded unharvested crops.  It has risen steadily since the 1950’s when the highest fall crest was 28 feet.

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