Turkey Creek | Photo by Harriet Festing
Turkey Creek | Photo by Harriet Festing

#10: Turkey Creek, MS

Threat: Development

New proposed developments could harm the creek, undo recent restoration efforts and perpetuate injustice to Black communities.

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Turkey Creek Community sign | photo by Harriet Festing

Turkey Creek Community sign | photo by Harriet Festing

Coastal Mississippi’s Turkey Creek has supported vibrant, culturally rich communities since the 1800s. However, rampant urban sprawl and toxic contamination have eliminated forests and wetlands, increased flooding and threatened homes. New proposed roadways and wetland fills could harm the Creek, undo recent restoration, and perpetuate further injustice to historic Black communities. Turkey Creek is a national posterchild for how injustice and inequity persist in development decisions. Mississippi state agencies must retract recent development permits and consider the full suite of cumulative impacts on local communities and the environment.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization
  • Gulfport Section National Council of Negro Women
  • Turkey Creek Community Initiatives
  • Anthropocene Alliance
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