Plan to repair weir presented, elected officials seek more funding – Picayune Item

Residents dwelling alongside the east Pearl River in Pearl River County are witnessing an unprecedented drop in move just after the failure of the weir.

County resident Donna Porter reported the river proceeds to fall in front of her house alongside the east side of the river. The wildlife in the river are suffering as result, in the sort of mussels and other water bound lifetime forms becoming stranded on land and dying.

Thursday afternoon, several elected officers, together with the county engineer, Les Dungan, and users of the Corps of Engineers met at the weir to examine a program to maintenance the structure. 

During the collecting, Dungan gave some history on how the weir arrived to be, and gave his prepare to take care of the problem. He said that about 25 a long time back, when the river began to adjust path, the weir was produced in an attempt to evenly distribute the move and be certain the east Pearl River taken care of a specific drinking water amount.

Whilst the weir never attained its objective, its modern failure has now brought on even a lot more of a bulk of the flow to go to Louisiana. At one particular place he believed the split was 85 % to Louisiana and 15 % to Pearl River County, but now he mentioned that split may well be much more like 90/10. County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin estimates the past time servicing was performed on the weir was back again in 2002.

About $4 million was set apart to perform repairs to the weir right after the dissolution of the Pearl River Basin District. Dungan feels certain the important repairs can be executed to the weir with that funding. At current, the county only desires to secure the appropriate permit to do the operate. Dungan also has plans for a second section that would contain dredging a portion of the east Pearl River.

Patricia Hemphill, Deputy District Engineer for Systems and Challenge Administration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, proposed every person included have interaction in a collaborative conference to make sure the process to get the appropriate permits goes effortlessly and immediately.

Dungan reported the plan is to place the weir back to its first grade, due to the fact that will let the repairs to be carried out in a additional well timed way. Transforming any scope of the job will entail a long approval procedure from many businesses in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Senator Angela Hill and Consultant Stacey Wilkes requested Congressman Stephen Palazzo, who attended the collecting, to see what can be performed from the federal government to present far more funding and aid.