BP Funds to be used for Seawall

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was given $4 million from BP oil spill funds to complete the seawall reconstruction at Sunrise Pointe and Paradise Pointe.

“This work is in settlement of the lawsuit of Baker et. al. vs Pearl River Valley Water Supply District,” said John Sigman, general manager. “These funds are to be used in settlement of a lawsuit against the state.”

The water supply district originally built the wall in 1978 with defective materials.

“The PRV took a settlement from the manufacturer for materials, and the court agreed that the district should be responsible for rebuilding the seawall,” Sigman said to the Sun in a previous report.

The first phase of the project was completed before June 30, 2016, which was the deadline. This phase cost $1.2 million.

PRVSD received a $1.6 million bond appropriation from the legislature in 2016 to complete phase two. Phase two has also been completed.

The $4 million allocated to the water supply district will fund the final two phases of the project.

Sigman said this is the only seawall on the lake that is in this condition.

The wall is 9,000 feet, 1.7 miles long and approximately 30 feet tall. It is approximately six feet above the mudline. 

Legislators decided how to divvy up the money the state received as part of the settlement for the BP oil spill in a special session.

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