Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bill to Protect Pascagoula River Introduced

A new bill under consideration in the Mississippi Legislature could change the measuring stick for the lowest allowable water flow in the Pascagoula River, affecting the Richton salt dome project and hundreds of other entities that draw from the river.

Submitted by state Sen. Debbie Dawkins of Pass Christian, the bill says the standard measure of low water flow used by the state, 7Q10, is far too liberal, allowing the thirst of area projects to create drought conditions unsafe for wildlife in Pascagoula River waterways. Senate Bill 2890 calls on the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to come up with a tighter standard for how low the river can go.

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