Tell Congress to Adopt the Mississippi Sound & Lake Pontchartrain Protection Act NOW!

Tell Congress to Adopt the Mississippi Sound & Lake Pontchartrain Protection Act NOW!

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The Gulf Coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana are adjacent to historically some of the world's most beautiful and abundant marine territories called the Mississippi Sound, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Borgne. These waters support diverse coastal communities and an array of marine life including marine mammals, crustaceans, and some of the most sought after fin-fish.

Unfortunately, due to antiquated laws on how Mississippi River resources are managed, these territories in recent years have experienced a record number of marine mammal mortalities for endangered and protected species such as dolphins, sea turtles, and even a rare pygmy killer whale. Additionally, recreational and commercially important species of seafood such as oyster, shrimp, crab, and a variety of fin-fish resources in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama were devastated in 2019. A federal fisheries disaster was declared for the region with over $500 million in damages reported by the three states combined in 2019 alone.

The cause- the Bonnet Carre' Spillway. An outdated Mississippi River control structure that has been utilized for three back to back years in unprecedented fashion sending trillions of gallons of polluted river water into some of America's most productive marine environments.

The result- record numbers of marine life mortalities have been recorded in addition to the devastation of coastal communities dependent on seafood, recreation, and tourism. The inundation of polluted river waters also created toxic algae blooms requiring the State of Mississippi to issue water contact advisories along the beaches of the Mississippi Sound during the summer of 2019, crippling the Coast's tourism economy.

The Bonnet Carre' Spillway and other river control structures are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with direction from the Mississippi River Commission. The State of Mississippi, several Mississippi coast localities and groups are suing those responsible for the devastation of the marine life and way of life for countless residents.

The solution- thoughtful leaders along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have joined together to forge an alliance of local cities, counties, and stakeholder groups known as the Mississippi Sound Coalition. These leaders have put forth a legislative proposal known as the Mississippi Sound & Lake Pontchartrain Protection Act of 2020 aimed at beginning the process of restoring the natural balance and management of water resources for the benefit of all Americans. 

WE ASK THAT YOU SIGN THIS PETITION TO SUPPORT THE GULF COAST'S MARINE ENVIRONMENT INCLUDING DOLPHINS, SEA TURTLES, SEAFOOD, AND ALL WHO DEPEND UPON AND ENJOY OUR NATURAL RESOURCES BY ASKING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ADOPT THE MISSISSIPPI SOUND AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN PROTECTION ACT 2020 IMMEDIATELY!

"I firmly believe the long-term consequences of failing to pass this Act or other urgent measures to correct the mismanagement of the Bonnet Carre' and the whole River basin will result in human catastrophe far worse and much longer-lasting than any prior catastrophe. Failure to make corrections within the next 5 to 20 years means the Mississippi Sound, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Borgne will be dead, and the growing river-water pollution will make the toxic algae an annual event devastating to marine and human life. History, if there is any, will look back and wonder why no one acted in time.  We must all renew our efforts to emphasize the urgency of correcting the Bonnet Carre' mistakes!" - Gerald Blessey, Manager of the Mississippi Sound Coalition.

A full copy of the proposed Mississippi Sound and Lake Pontchartrain Protection Act can be found here: https://bit.ly/2KDDTNu