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Gulf Restoration Network urges opposition to Lake George

Wednesday is the last day for the public to provide comments about the Lake George Project to the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Gulf Restoration Network is urging people to speak out.  (Photo source: WLOX) Wednesday is the last day for the public to provide comments about the Lake George Project to the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Gulf Restoration Network is urging people to speak out.  (Photo source: WLOX)
The Lake George Project calls for creating twin lakes near the Jackson-George county line, by building a dam on two tributaries of the Pascagoula River. (Photo source: WLOX) The Lake George Project calls for creating twin lakes near the Jackson-George county line, by building a dam on two tributaries of the Pascagoula River. (Photo source: WLOX)
Project supporters say the twin lakes would create recreation opportunities and the lakes could supplement the river's water flow, which industries depend on, during times of drought. (Photo source: WLOX) Project supporters say the twin lakes would create recreation opportunities and the lakes could supplement the river's water flow, which industries depend on, during times of drought. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Another group is speaking out against the Lake George project. That's the plan that calls for creating twin lakes near the Jackson-George county line, by building a dam on two tributaries of the Pascagoula River.

Wednesday is the last day for the public to provide comments about the project to the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Gulf Restoration Network is urging people to speak out. 

"The Pascagoula River has been celebrated in the last decade and a half for its ecological significance," said Andrew Whitehurst with the Gulf Restoration Network.

Standing near the marsh grass along the West Pascagoula River, Whitehurst said building dams along the waterway to create twin lakes would mean the unjustified loss of 1200 acres of forest and farmland which would be submerged.

"Damming the tributaries of a river like the Pascagoula is like figuring out which finger to cut off. Is this finger the least important? Or this finger? Every little bit counts when you've got a system as important as the Pascagoula," he explained.

Project supporters say the twin lakes would create recreation opportunities and the lakes could supplement the river's water flow, which industries depend on, during times of drought.

"But industry has never really called for the help, publicly. So, it's kind of a nobody's really come out of the weeds to say why they want this project. If it's industry, they certainly haven't made the case," said Whitehurst.

Rick McDonald would like to know more about the twin lakes project. He and his wife are on the Pascagoula River most every week, picking up litter and simply enjoying the scenic beauty of the waterway.

"I don't like seeing anything that's going to upset a natural environment that's reached its own balance. Nature has its own way of taking care of things," said McDonald.

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is hosting two public meetings about the project. Monday, November 16th, the meeting will be at the Vancleave HUD building on Ballpark Road. Tuesday, November 17th, the meeting take place at the East Central Civic Center. Both meetings are from 4pm until 6:30pm.

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