Jackson County rescinds support of Lake George Project

Jackson County rescinds support of Lake George Project
Jackson County Board of Supervisors votes to rescind its support of the Lake George Project. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
The project would create 3,000 acres of lakes in George county by damming some of the tributaries that flow into the Pascagoula River. (Photo source: WLOX)
The project would create 3,000 acres of lakes in George county by damming some of the tributaries that flow into the Pascagoula River. (Photo source: WLOX)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In a 3-2 vote, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to rescind its support of the Lake George Project. District 5 supervisor Randy Bosarge said he made the motion after he heard from hundreds of people who do not support the project because of possible negative affects on the Pascagoula River.

The project would create 3,000 acres of lakes in George County by damming some of the tributaries that flow into the Pascagoula River. Though the project has become increasing controversial, Board President Melton Harris said the county should continue to support the project for its economic development possibilities.

But the majority of his fellow supervisors don't agree. They said they can still support George County without putting their name on anything.

People at the meeting who are against the project were happy with how the vote turned out.

"I feel very good, very good. I think the election we held recently made a big difference because our previous supervisors were not thinking, were not paying attention, and did not care. And Jackson County needs to care about that river. That river is our life blood," said Steve Shepard the Gulf Coast Group Chair of the Sierra Club.

"The Pascagoula is your last free flowing river and it does not need to be dammed. There's too many scientists that have spoken against it, and it's for profit for George County and it will not help Jackson County," Maxine Ramsey said.

Board President Melton Harris said the next step for supervisors will be to send letters to George County Supervisors and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explaining the change of heart.

Larry McDonald, President of the George County Board of Supervisors, said Monday's vote sets a "disturbing precedent" and "threatens to undo a very positive six-year working relationship on this project." He released the following statement on the decision:

Let me be clear, the Lake George- Drought Resiliency Project will still move forward. Obviously, we will need to retool our original plan and that work will begin immediately.

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