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The Yazoo Backwater Pump Project is Making Progress

HOLLY BLUFF, Miss.–The Yazoo Backwater Pumps project may soon be finished. After decades of attempts to relieve some of the flooding along the Yazoo River in the south Delta by building pumps that could pump out the water during floods, Mississippi Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson, says the Environmental Protection Agency may be ready to allow the project to move forward.
“The folks of the south Delta have suffered gut punch after gut punch. They’re tired of being flooded out,” he said on “The Extra Mile”, a video podcast from the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation. “There’s a way to fix this so that everybody’s interest is protected and even the wildlife is gonna benefit from these pumps.”
The EPA has held the pumps up over environmental concerns, and despite objections from local leaders up to U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.
“They have been studying it, researching it and I met with the EPA last week. The regional director said they are ready to move forward with the Army Corps of Engineers to approve a plan that’s gonna finish the pumps.”
Gipson did not elaborate on what the plan might entail. But, he said he believes the plan may be put into action soon.
“If the Army Corps of Engineers can complete its study this year, they believe they’ll be able to act upon it this year,” he said. “We’re optimistic and I’m gonna hold ’em to what they told me. I believe it’s gonna get done.”