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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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Mississippi River Coarse Change

Growing Concern about Mississippi River Course Change

That’s the subject of a recent article in The Advocate of Baton Rouge and also a similar recent article in The Times Picayune of New Orleans.  It’s also something we have been talking about and testifying about before the Mississippi River Commission for the last two years.

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Undead Yazoo Backwater Pump Project

The Undead Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project 

Its tomb was sealed over in 2012 when the Fifth Circuit upheld the District Court decision against the Mississippi Levee Board’s challenge to the EPA ruling.  But a bony hand is emerging from the tomb.

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Lessons from Hurricane Harvey on Flooding

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey on Flooding

Storms are random natural events.  The consequences may be aggravated or mitigated by intentional acts of man.

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The Economic Damage of Drainage - From Belhaven Creek to the Mississippi River

A Bigger Pie View: The Economic Damage of Drainage

Drainage is one of those issues that goes unnoticed until it is the only thing that matters.  Mississippi faces drainage concerns on a large scale with the Mississippi River flooding and locally in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson.

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Mississippi River Commission: Kelley Williams in Vicksburg August 2017

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.

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11. Wm. Earl Elam 1946-1951

The Chief Engineer’s Legacy

Elam, of course, didn’t know the Corps would restrict the flow.  But he could have predicted the result.  The river would back up, rise, flood the batture, and cause backwater floods on the Yazoo and other tributaries.

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