The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a final report on Nov. 13 of a revised plan to reduce 100-year flood levels in a 600,000-acre, six-county part of west-central Mississippi called the Yazoo Backwater Area. The recommended project is the only unbuilt portion of a much larger flood-control project authorized by Congress in 1941. The revised plan calls for construction of what would become the highest-output pump station in the world, at 14,000 cu ft per second, as well as reforestation of up to 55,600 acres of existing agricultural land at a total cost of $220 million. The revisions attempt to address 4,000 comments on the draft release, much of it criticism on environmental impact.
Corps Floats Revised Plan For High-Water Control on Yazoo
November 14, 2007