George County moving forward with lake project - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

George County moving forward with lake project

The Army Corps of Engineers is considering an application that calls for building dams on two tributaries of the Pascagoula River. (Photo source: WLOX News) The Army Corps of Engineers is considering an application that calls for building dams on two tributaries of the Pascagoula River. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A lake project that's been talked about for years in George County is a step closer to reality. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering an application that calls for building dams on two tributaries of the Pascagoula River to create two large lakes.

The primary purpose of creating the twin lakes is to provide some drought resiliency when the flow of the Pascagoula River gets too low.

“The water could be released from the lake to go into the river to hold those levels to where it wouldn't get dangerously low and keep some of the industries being shorted of water down there,” said George County supervisor, Kelly Wright.

An added benefit for George County is the recreation potential.

“Seems to be overwhelmingly positive and looking forward to having the lakes here in George County. Again, the primary benefit to people who live here in George County is recreational purposes and improvement to quality of life,” said board of supervisor’s president, Larry McDonald.

Big Cedar Creek flows beneath the bridge at Highway 63. Plans for building a dam on that waterway would create an 1,100 acre Lower Lake, while building a dam on Little Cedar Creek, just north of there, would create a 1,700 acre Upper Lake.

“This is the damming of the Pascagoula and it is the Pascagoula flood plain,” Steve Shepard told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Shepard represents the Sierra Club and has some serious concerns about the lake project. For starters, he doesn’t see how it will improve drought conditions on the river.

“I don't see how it can, because the lakes themselves will be in the drought zone. So they will be losing water the same time the Pascagoula River is losing water. So it really isn't very logical,” said Shepard.

“The water tables will be increased underground, which will in turn help the flow of the Pascagoula River,” said McDonald.

The George County supervisors said it's important to note that the creek will not dry up.  The current flow of that tributary will be maintained into the Pascagoula River, even after the lakes are created.

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to hold a public hearing on the lake project, perhaps by the end of this year.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Suicide prevention information available

    Suicide prevention information available

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:31:11 GMT
    Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)
    Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    It is never easy to report on the death those in the communities we serve. Suicide is no exception. 

    More >>

    It is never easy to report on the death those in the communities we serve. Suicide is no exception. 

    More >>
  • Hurricane worries can cause anxiety and even PTSD

    Hurricane worries can cause anxiety and even PTSD

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:47 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:47:20 GMT
    The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)
    The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)

    Fortunately for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it's been calm this hurricane season, aside from the Subtropical Alberto scare Memorial Day Weekend. 

    More >>

    Fortunately for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it's been calm this hurricane season, aside from the Subtropical Alberto scare Memorial Day Weekend. 

    More >>
  • Construction hose leak frustrates East Biloxi resident

    Construction hose leak frustrates East Biloxi resident

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:47 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:47:09 GMT
    Oscar Renda, a construction company, says the liquid from the hose is storm water, not sewage. (Photo Source: WLOX)Oscar Renda, a construction company, says the liquid from the hose is storm water, not sewage. (Photo Source: WLOX)
    Oscar Renda, a construction company, says the liquid from the hose is storm water, not sewage. (Photo Source: WLOX)Oscar Renda, a construction company, says the liquid from the hose is storm water, not sewage. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    A resident living in the East Biloxi construction zone contacted WLOX with concerns about a hose leaking into his yard.

    More >>

    A resident living in the East Biloxi construction zone contacted WLOX with concerns about a hose leaking into his yard.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly