Success: Officials Pause Reservoir Draining to Save Aquatic Animals


Target: Mayor Percy Bland of Meridian, Mississippi

Goal: Praise mayor for pausing water drainage at Long Creek Reservoir and allowing fish and other animals to survive

A recent ForceChange petition called for Meridian, Mississippi’s mayor to cease the draining of Long Creek Reservoir in preparation for dam construction. Despite only being required to fortify the dam by Mississippi’s environmental agency, city officials gave orders to drain the natural habitat completely. Many fish had already begun dehydrating and asphyxiating from the massive water loss but thankfully, no more animals will suffer. Meridian has promised to keep the reservoir at optimal levels while minimal dam fortification takes place.

This judicious decision ensures the safety of both animals and the public. Local news outlet the Meridian Star reports, “The measure is a temporary fix to meet state safety requirements until permanent repairs to the dam can be made.” The outlet further adds, “The lake will be maintained at its current level until the city can repair the dam.” Many citizens expressed concern over losing the 75-year-old landmark and the potential harm it could pose. If completely drained, some estimated that at least 10 tons of fish would perish. In addition, the protected bald eagles species that depend on fish for sustenance could have suffered a critical blow.

Please join us in thanking Mayor Percy Bland for stopping the needless deaths of hundreds of aquatic animals. Animal welfare isn’t just a movement, it is a choice. Mr. Bland’s choice to protect these creatures marks a victory for both activists and animals alike.


Dear Mayor Bland,

Thank you for not draining Long Creek Reservoir in Meridian, Mississippi. Because of your sensible decision, at least 10 tons of fish and numerous bald eagles will continue thriving.

According to the Meridian Star, dam construction is not expected to impede the lives of the aquatic creatures and the water level is set to remain at an optimal level. Your efforts to ensure both animal and public safety are noble and worth commending. In the future, I urge you to maintain this sympathetic perspective. This situation serves as excellent proof that both human and animal welfare can and should be equally pursued.

Thank you again for your supportive ruling in this matter. As you pursue dam fortification, please continue keeping the welfare of these innocent animals in mind.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Salura via Wikimedia Commons


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