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This map shows a draft schematic of the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion on a map of the east bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Sediment delivered by water through the diversion would help fill open water areas in Breton Sound wetlands. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Mississippi's Hancock County opposes Louisiana's $800M river diversion project

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors this week launched a new strategy opposing the proposed $800 million Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, calling it a threat to the Mississippi county’s fisheries resources and recreational and economic development future.

Hancock County is immediately east of Slidell and Pearl River and includes Bay St. Louis and Waveland.

The board on Monday adopted a resolution asking Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to oppose federal permits that Louisiana needs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the diversion on the east bank of the Mississippi River at Will’s Point in Plaquemines Parish.

The diversion is supported by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Bottlenose dolphins, Louisiana's much-loved coastal residents, will be a major consideration in the environmental impact statement state officials are drafting outlining the potential effects of the sediment diversions.NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC

Spillway opening foreshadows how dolphins may fare with planned river diversions, experts say

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