Letters to the Editor

WILLIAM SHIMP: Don't let Pascagoula River dry up

On the proposed dam of the Pascagoula River, there are some devastating facts that cannot be ignored and need to be taken into consideration.

The first to consider is the river stages. The river stage is an important concept when analyzing how much water is moving in a stream at any given time. This information can be found by typing "Pascagoula River stage" into a search engine and clicking on the link titled "Pascagoula River and Gulf Drainage Basins," a NOAA website. Next, click on the green box for info of that river.

The Pascagoula River at Graham Ferry at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 8 was 2.2 feet. The line graph also shows me the river is low enough that the tide is affecting the river that far up.

Also, that salt water is as far up the river as Poticaw Bayou, which is 13 miles from U.S. 90.

On Oct. 8, 2000, the river stage was 0.20 at Graham Ferry, and the water level was 2 feet 10 inches below normal. Barnacles were on all boats at Poticaw and the entire area's rivers.

My main point is drought conditions plague the Pascagoula River. Therefore, any dam on the river would be devastating.

Seven rivers in America have almost dried up. Don't let our Pascagoula River be next.