THE VICKSBURG District Corps of Engineers has distributed the Draft Reformulation Report for the Yazoo Backwater Project for review by interested parties. As part of the review process, the Corps of Engineers is required to hold a public hearing which is scheduled for November 9, 2000, at the South Delta High School auditorium in Rolling Fork.

"The Mississippi Levee Board is encouraging all Delta citizens to come out and show their support for this crucial plan," said Lawrence Carter of Rolling Fork, a commissioner for the Mississippi Levee Board.

The Corps of Engineers, as part of their review, considered and evaluated seven plans for the South Delta including a full non-structural alternative and the Virginia Tech non-structural plan that was prepared for Region IV Environmental Protection Agency. As a result of the Corps of Engineers' studies, the Draft Report recommends plan 5, which is being supported by the Mississippi Levee Board.

The features of the recommended plan include the construction of a 14,000 cfs pumping plant which will be turned on and off at an elevation of 87 feet; reforestation easements on the 62,500 acres of developed land below the 87 foot elevation which will receive no benefits from the pump; and the operation of the Steele Bayou Structure to increase the low water stages in the basin from the current stages of 68.5 to 70 feet elevation to a range of 70 to 73 foot elevation.

As part of the reforestation easements, the Corps will provide the initial tree planting and replant until a 70% survival rate is achieved. The title to the land will remain in the name of the landowner who will be able to utilize this property for hunting, silviculture, and other purposes so long as timber is maintained on the land.

Following the public meeting, the record will remain open for thirty days for written comments by anyone having interest in this project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners feels that the recommended plan provides a balance of economic and environmental benefits to the area.

Tech non-structural plan that was prepared for Region IV Environmental Protection Agency. As a result of the Corps of Engineers' studies, the Draft Report recommends plan 5, which is being supported by the Mississippi Levee Board.

The features of the recommended plan include the construction of a 14,000 cfs pumping plant which will be turned on and off at an elevation of 87 feet; reforestation easements on the 62,500 acres of developed land below the 87 foot elevation which will receive no benefits from the pump; and the operation of the Steele Bayou Structure to increase the low water stages in the basin from the current stages of 68.5 to 70 feet elevation to a range of 70 to 73 foot elevation.

As part of the reforestation easements, the Corps will provide the initial tree planting and replant until a 70% survival rate is achieved. The title to the land will remain in the name of the landowner who will be able to utilize this property for hunting, silviculture, and other purposes so long as timber is maintained on the land.

Following the public meeting, the record will remain open for thirty days for written comments by anyone having interest in this project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners feels that the recommended plan provides a balance of economic and environmental benefits to the area.