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~~~ LMRD 724 ~~~ May 10, 2019 ~~~
Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
~Voice of the Lower Mississippi River~

Some Updates:

*Saturday's Community Canoe moved to next Sunday, May 19th, 1-5pm due to rain forecast for this weekend.

*POSTPONED: LMRF Fundraiser May 23rd is postponed -- later date to be announced.

*Poopline Public Hearing postponed to May 30, 2019; Informational Session- 6:00 p.m. Formal hearing- 7:00 p.m. at Dyersburg State Community College (Dyerburg, TN).

*Arkansas Poopline? Speaking of pooplines, Memphis river rats and fishermen have noticed a poopline already in place... about 18" in diameter.... it appeared a couple of years ago on the Arkansas shore behind Redman Island (RBD 740), and is spewing forth unfathomable amounts of unmentionables into the back channels of the river above Memphis. How did this appear without public notice? Or did we miss something? Does anyone have any information about this Arkansas-based poopline?

*Thanks to incredible response, we have almost reached our goal for including ALL eligible KIDS in Summer Camp! If you haven't yet, go to LMRF Fundraising Platform and feel the excitement!

(Warning: graphic images of dead and decaying dolphins below)

A couple of weeks ago a group of artists found paradise on Horn Island. Upon returning to shore I discovered a dead and decaying dolphin on a Gulfport Beach (at the end of Teagarden), its skin falling off in a grotesque mosaic of patterns & colors. Unfortunately this was not an isolated incident, but one of many. 73 dolphins have been found dead since New Years 2019.

Meanwhile the UN reported this week that we are at risk of losing 1 million species. Will the bottlenose
dolphin be one of those? Probably not, but the numbers are alarming. 73 dead so far in 2019 on the Mississippi & Louisiana Gulf Coast. Mother's Day is Sunday. There is one mother that nurtures us all, and that is our dear Mother Earth. Can't we do better for our common Mother?

UN Summary Report:

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies reported that 28 dolphins and 57 sea turtles have been found dead in April, 2019. Many of the dolphins had lesions on their bodies from exposure to fresh water, which also damages oyster reefs and blue crabs, on which the turtles feed, and plants that are food for animals lower on the food chain.

Dolphins use the Mississippi Sound as a nursery for their young. This die-off coincides with the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway to relieve the flooding Mississippi River. The Floodway pours into Lake Ponchartrain which connects to the Mississippi Sound and the nearby Chandeleur Islands.

(PS: The Spillway was opened in Feb 2019, the 13th such opening since 1931, then closed in April as water levels subsided. Now they might need to be opened again due to the rising river and torrential rainfall in forecast. If so, this would be the 1st time ever opened twice in the same year.)

But not everyone is convinced that floodwaters are the cause of the die-off. Click on this Facebook posting by a Louisiana fisherman:

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies says that 73 dolphins and 79 sea turtles have died so far this year. That compares, for example, to 82 dolphin deaths in all of 2016, the highest annual total in the past five years.

NOTE: if you discover any dead or injured dolphins, contact the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies at their SOS phone number 888-DOL-PHIN (888-767-3657)

Coincidentally, in the last month I have been seeing hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead saltwater catfish, and other smaller fish, washed up on the Gulf Coast beaches. Maybe suffering same conditions affecting dolphins???

What a sad beginning to Mother's Day weekend -- for our poor Mother Earth!


This replaces the previously noticed hearing date. Date: May 30, 2019
Time: Informational Session- 6:00 p.m. Central Time
Formal hearing- 7:00 p.m. Central Time Location: Dyersburg State Community College
Nafieh Building
3149 US Hwy 51 Covington, TN 38109

Persons wishing to comment on the proposal are invited to submit written comments to the Division. Written comments must be received no later than June 9, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Comments submitted by this deadline will become part of the record and will be considered in the final decision. The applicant’s name and permit number should be referenced. Send all written comments to the Division’s address listed below and to the attention of the permit coordinator. You may also comment via email to After the Division makes a final permit decision, a permit appeal may be filed by the applicant or by any person who participated in the public comment period whose appeal is based on comments given to the Division in writing during the public comment period or in testimony at a formal public hearing. If it is hard for you to read, speak, or understand English, TDEC may be able to provide translation or interpretation services free of charge. Please contact Saul Castillo at 615-532-0462 for more information.

The permit application, supporting documentation including detailed plans and maps, and related comments are available for review on the internet at the Division’s data viewer by entering the permit number listed in the title of this Public Notice. The file may be viewed in person at the Division’s address (listed below) for review and/or copying.

Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Division of Water Resources, Natural Resources Unit William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243



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