May 28, 2019
In a speech May 9 on the U.S. Senate floor, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (left) of Mississippi said the federal government should complete a massive pump project that's designed to help drain water from the confluence of the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers. The state's Democratic attorney general, Jim Hood (right), has expressed concerns about how federal flood management projects are affecting the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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Political discussions about water policy in Mississippi have long focused on concerns about how to control flooding and let people earn a living without creating environmental harm.