Mississippi reservoir plans generating Louisiana concerns

August 17, 2018 - 4:17 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana officials are worried Mississippi's plans for a new reservoir on the Pearl River could harm Louisiana's ecology.
An attorney for a Mississippi flood control district tried to allay fears during a meeting at the Louisiana Capitol on Thursday, emphasizing the ``One Lake'' proposal is in early phases.
The Advocate reports Louisiana state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a Slidell Republican, replied that she will raise objections at every stage of the project.
Representatives of the Mississippi flood control district said the $350 million reservoir plan could lessen flood concerns for Jackson. The project would move an underwater dam downstream and shift levees, creating the reservoir ``lake'' on the Pearl River east of Jackson.
Hewitt says the reservoir could prevent enough water from flowing downstream into Louisiana, damaging wetlands and native species. 

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