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Public Meeting Notice

Meeting Date and Time:
Wednesday August 17, 2022
10:00 AM
Meeting Location: Pearl River County Boardroom
Poplarville, MS

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors is seeking comments from the public community for the proposed Walkiah Bluff Wier Maintenance project. The proposed project will be presented to the public at the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday August 17, 2022, at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be located at the Pearl River County Boardroom located at 109 West Pearl Street, Poplarville, MS, 39470.

The proposed project is a maintenance repair of the existing Walkiah Bluff Wier (Wier) at the confluence of the Pearl River and Wilson Slough. The Wier was originally constructed in 1998 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with an anticipated 50-year design life. The Operation and Maintenance Plan projected a onetime maintenance rehabilitation of the Wier at year 25. Operation and maintenance of the Wier was funded by the State of Mississippi with the Lower Pearl River Restoration Trust Fund. Operation and maintenance of the Wier was previously the responsibility of the Pearl River Basin Development District, which has been dissolved in recent years. Pearl River County is now the trustee of the operation and maintenance funds and the nonfederal project sponsor for the project. Pearl River County is responsible for project administration and execution of the year 25 maintenance rehabilitation of the Wier.

The proposed project involves maintenance rehabilitation of the Wier within the existing and previously authorized footprint. The project would return degraded and eroded portions of the Wier to the original design elevations and grades. Since 1998 the structure has degraded to the point of diminished functionality. Without a maintenance rehabilitation project, the Wier will continue to degrade, and ultimately cease to serve its original purpose of maintaining river flow down the Pearl River in Pearl River County, MS. This would most likely result in severely limited or no river flow in an 18-mile reach of the Pearl River, resulting in loss of fish and wildlife habitat, reduced wetland functionality, and restricted recreational use and access of the area.

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Aug. 5 and 12, 2022