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Corps: Budget cuts to affect management of lakes

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Budget cuts at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will mean a reduction in operations and maintenance services that will be provided to public visitors at Corps-operated recreational facilities at Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis lakes in North Mississippi.

Recreational areas will remain open to the maximum extent possible; however, services such as mowing, cleaning and litter pick up will be significantly reduced, especially in remote, low-use areas.

Services will be concentrated on the more heavily-used recreational areas that are located in close proximity to the dams. For safety reasons, maintenance of the dams will remain the top priority.

In order to ensure that no campers are turned away, adjustments are being made in the seasonal schedules and availability of facilities. Facilities such as shower houses and comfort stations or restrooms will continue to be operated in a safe and healthy manner, but the frequency of cleaning will be reduced.

Portions of campgrounds, known as loops, will be opened only as demand dictates.  Although campers will continue to be able to use their favorite campgrounds, their favorite campsite may not be available.

Facility repairs and damages that pose an immediate public health and safety threat will continue to be resolved immediately as in the past.

The Corps management and staff have always relied heavily on the volunteerism of local citizens and non-profit groups to help maintain the aesthetic and environmental qualities that your Lakes have to offer.

Source: Corps of Engineers

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