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Re: Draft Supplement No. 2 to the Final Supplement No. 1 to the 1982 Yazoo Area Pump Project Final Environmental Impact Statement
To the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
I support the completion of the Yazoo Backwater Area Pumps. The release of the October 16, Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement draft on the pumps has proven, again, that the pumps should be built. Please approve the project as soon as possible and finish the pumps.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a new Environmental Impact Statement on October 16 recommending completion of the Yazoo Backwater Area Pumps. Comments on the document and the Pumps can be submitted until November 30, 2020. This second comment period is similar to the prior comment period that ended in June. All who submitted comments and letters for the first round are encouraged to submit a comment in this second round in support of the completion of the pumps.
The Yazoo backwater has flooded in nine of the last ten years. The historic flood of 2019 covered 548,000 acres, remaining on the land for over 6 months. Flood damages, based on changed flood frequency, height and duration, have increased since this important project was authorized in 1941. It is time to complete this final component of the flood control project.
The SEIS presents a project that differs from the project described in 2007. At that time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “vetoed” the Pumps based on assumed adverse potential impacts to wetlands habitat. This 2020 SEIS demonstrates that such impacts will not occur. The 2020 Proposed Project offers additional features for environmental improvement:
The SEIS examines the Pumps as described in 2007 in light of this new information. The 2020 Proposed Project consists of a 14,000 cfs pumping station located at Deer Creek which will reduce the height and duration of backwater floods. The Pumps will lower the Base Flood Elevation (BFE)(the 100-year flood) 5.1’ from 100.3’ to 95.2’. This 5.1’ reduction removes the vast majority of homes and all highways out of the BFE. This 5.1’ reduction will keep habitat flood-free for the wildlife to survive during backwater floods.
The Corps’ SEIS will be open for public comment until November 30, 2020. The Corps will provide information in the future about a virtual public meeting on the SEIS.
We urge the Community to comment on the SEIS so that the Corps understands the importance of this project.
Thank you for your interest in finding out more about the
Yazoo Backwater Pump Project.
This is my blog site to share information I have gathered from my research on the Yazoo Backwater Pump Project, as well as my personal experiences of being a refugee in an unprecedented man-made flood. Each of my blog posts dissects and debunks the claims by the opponents of the Yazoo pumps.
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At this time, we are looking forward to the release of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in October of 2020 and the next public comment submissions. Please read my blogs and the articles linked under the Resources tab before you submit your comments.
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