Vicksburg District to prepare SEIS for Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District announced on Thursday, April 16, that it will prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Yazoo Area Pump Project in the Yazoo Backwater Area in Mississippi.

The public is invited to read the notice of intent for the SEIS, which is published in the Federal Register at the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/16/2020-07966/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-supplemental-environmental-impact-statement-for-the-yazoo-area-pump and to provide comments in accordance with guidance in the notice.  

According to USACE, new data indicates that the environmental impacts to wetlands and other natural and aquatic resources caused by a pumping plant would be substantially less than originally calculated in the 2007 Reformulation Study and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

“The Vicksburg District is committed to the safety and wellbeing of the communities within the Yazoo Backwater Area,” said USACE Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard. “Recurring flooding has demonstrated the need to complete the Yazoo Backwater Area Pump Project feature, and this notice of intent is the next step to move things forward to minimize flooding and preserve natural resources in the south Delta.”

“A notice of intent may seem like a small action, but it is very significant.  It is the first federal action in almost 12 years to reconsider the last remaining unconstructed feature of the Yazoo Backwater Project.  I certainly welcome this first concrete display of future progress on pumps.  I regret it has taken successive years of disastrous flooding to reach this point, but I am grateful to this Administration for recognizing the need to complete the project,” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said. “I will continue to work with the Army Corps, EPA, and Mississippians to support this effort, and to ensure the Army Corps has the resources needed to complete all the necessary reviews to get the backwater pumps back on track.”

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