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.