Fourteen alternatives, both structural and non-structural (buyouts), were reviewed through the FS/EIS process. Many more options have been discussed historically since the 1979 flood. Through extensive review and consideration of alternatives, the Flood Control District selected the current design as the locally preferred plan because it was the most technically feasible, environmentally sound, and cost effective option.
Other alternatives, such a more extensive levee system or property buyouts, would be much more expensive than the proposed project and would not meet the Cost-Benefit Ratio as mandated by the Corps. Under the buyout option, there would be thousands of structures – including hospitals, state-owned property, and Jackson’s Central Business District – that would have to be purchased, condemned, and relocated out of the flood footprint. This is obviously an impractical and cost-prohibitive option.