Sign The Petition
Mississippi Must Have a Voice to Protect Our Coast from Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening
Imagine a scenario where other states begin sending garbage trucks of trash and debris into Mississippi and leaving it on our side of the state line…and there’s nothing we can do about it.
I realize that seems far-fetched but unfortunately for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, something similar is happening right now with the recurring openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana that’s causing trillions of gallons of Mississippi River water to flow into the Mississippi Sound. That water contains fertilizer, pesticides, sewage and other pollutants, not to mention unmanageable amounts of fresh water, from 26 other states.
The fact that the state of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have made and will continue to make the decision to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway—without any input from Mississippi—is just flat wrong. Mississippi deserves a voice and decision-making power on this issue because it directly affects our state.
From oysters and crabs to fin fish, shrimp and marine mammals— including hundreds of dead dolphins and sea turtles—the negative impact on our environment and economy on the Coast is like a devastating, quiet storm. Action must be taken by our leaders to prevent this from happening again.
This issue affects all Mississippians no matter where you live. The seafood and ecology, plus the tourism and hospitality industries on the Coast are all suffering as a result of the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening. And when the Coast suffers, Mississippi suffers, just as when the Coast thrives, Mississippi thrives. While so much damage has already been done, we’ve got to demand a solution. That starts with Mississippi having a seat at the table before any action like this is ever considered again.
Also, we need a comprehensive study to determine the environmental and economic impacts to Mississippi when the Bonnet Carre Spillway is opened. The Coast has suffered a lot from the BP oil spill and even with great efforts underway to make a comeback, this Spillway opening is causing another setback for the entire area. That’s why a mitigation plan is needed quickly to comprehensively address the Spillway’s negative impact on the Coast.
While there’s no magic solution to this complex issue, this quiet storm hitting the Coast requires leadership to address it. I applaud the mayors and other leaders on the Coast who are drawing attention to this important issue. Leadership matters and I’m running for Governor to tackle big issues—just like this one—and I would be honored to have your support. You have my commitment to tackle this problem and other issues facing our Coast and our entire state.