The public meeting in Picayune was held on October 29. After a short slide presentation, developers stood at tables with posters explaining the NEPA process and the effects on the lower Pearl River (water quantity, water quality, endangered species and salinity, among others). The crowd of about 60 was mostly negative; many had come from St. Tamany Parish, across the river. The "study" that is going on will include an Environmental Impact Statement which should be ready by late summer 2014. At that point the public will again have a chance to make comments. One can still comment on this first stage (until Nov. 29). Addresses are at The "study" and EIS are being financed by Pearl River Vision Foundation, which consists of real estate developers.
Our friends at the Gulf Restoration Network have sent out an Action Alert regarding the proposed One Lake Development project in the Jackson metro area. Send a letter to the Pearl River Drainage & Control District, and tell them no new lake on the Pearl River. This lake is for developers only, not for the endangered sturgeon or the saw-backed turtle, and it will also cut off a source of fresh water for oyster beds on the Coast. Take a look. Click to take action.