Support sought for Yazoo pump projectBy SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,
The public is being asked to contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District as it prepares a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Yazoo Area Pump Project in the Yazoo Backwater Area of Mississippi.
The SEIS is in response to historical flooding that continues in the Yazoo Backwater Area. Public comments can be submitted by email to YazooBackwater@usace.army.mil, and the deadline is June 15.
Substantial flooding in the Yazoo Backwater Area began once again in January 2020, while the South Delta’s economy continues to suffer from the 2019 flood. Approximately 500,000 acres flooded at its peak in April. Of those acres, 202,000 acres were cropland.
The Yazoo Backwater Area Pump Project was designed and authorized to alleviate backwater flooding and protect the livelihood of area residents. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) vetoed the project in 2008, even though it was a federally-authorized USACE Civil Works project. The USACE and EPA are now considering a new project plan to complete the Yazoo Area Pump Project. The SEIS as described previously is one of the first steps in moving forward to complete the project.
The notice of intent can be viewed at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/16/2020-07966/notice-o.... Visit www.forgottenbackwaterflood.com for more information.