Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Busy Weekend at the Rez

Sorry.  Real busy in the office, so postings have been infrequent.  Listen, there are a couple of good events in the Rez area coming up.

Taste of Flowood is tomorrow evening at Mirror Lake at 2829 Lakeland Drive.  Children 10 and under are free.  Adult tickets appear to be $25 a person.  Must be something more than Snobiz.  Party starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.

Keep the Rez Beautiful's Project Rezway, their big fundraiser, is tomorrow evening at the Craft Center.

Bassmaster Classic is this weekend at the Rez.

The Outdoor Expo is at Old Trace Park this weekend, too.

Godfather Cigar's 6th annual Crawfish Boil, Perdormo and Harley Bike Show is this Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. $20 all you can eat.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Three New Kayak Launches

Media Release
For Immediate Release
20 April 2017
Three kayak launches added at Barnett Reservoir

Three new kayak-dedicated launches have been installed and are open to the public giving paddlers access to more of the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced this week.

The new facilities are located at Ratliffs Ferry on the upper river, Brown’s Landing on the north end of the main lake just off the Natchez Trace at Mississippi Highway 43, and at Pelahatchie Shore Park in Pelahatchie Bay.

They join the two-year-old kayak launch at Turtle Point in Pelahatchie Bay.

“The existing ramp has become mighty popular with paddlers, and we are proud to add these new sites to give our users more options,” said Jack Winstead, President of the PRVWSD Board of Directors. “Kayaking is a fast-growing user group. Five or 10 years ago, it was rare to see a kayak on the reservoir; now, you see them daily.”

The sites include self-launch systems that are consistent with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The launches allow users to enter their kayaks and slide into the water at the beginning of the trip and an easy paddle up at the conclusion. Handrails are included. All of the new sites are located adjacent to large parking areas.

While most kayakers on Barnett Reservoir do so for exercise and pleasure, fishing from kayaks is gaining in popularity. The lightweight craft can navigate more shallow water that bigger boats simply can’t reach. While it’s true kayaks can be launched basically anywhere, including existing boat ramps, it’s good to have decided sites.

“It does take a kayaker more time to launch, because unlike a bass boat or a ski boat a kayak must be loaded with equipment after it has been unloaded from the vehicle or trailer,” said Brad Case, an avid angler and creator of the MSKayakFishing.com website. “We don’t want to hold up a line of people trying to launch at a ramp any more than they want us, too. Having kayak-dedicated sites is great.”

Media Release re Bassmaster Elite

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
20 April 2017
Bassmaster Elite pros catching Barnett at its best
20-pound limits are possible daily, biologists predict

When 110 of the top bass anglers in the world hit the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series event, they’ll be catching the 52-year-old lake in near peak condition.

Ryan Jones, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks fisheries biologist whose region includes Barnett, said the reservoir’s bass population is in excellent shape.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Full Slate of Runs this Weekend

Looking for something active to do this Saturday, there are no less than nine races in the Jackson metro area (including three in the Rez area!).  Take you pick:

 - Nate Ruffin Run at 7 a.m. in downtown Jackson
 - *Strides for Seizures Super Hero Run! at 8 a.m. at Lakeshore Park*
 - Healthy Hustle Color Run at Mississippi College at 8 a.m.
 - D1 for Hope 5K at 8 a.m. in Madison.
 - Rally for Roosevelt at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt at 8 a.m.
 - Run for Our Community in Jackson at 8 a.m.
 - *MSOTA Run, Walk and Roll 5K/10K at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland at 8 a.m.*
 - Walk, Run and Stroll at 9:30 a.m. at the Ronald McDonald House.
 - *Run Strong 10K and 5K at the Flowood YMCA at 4 p.m.*

Sunset Concert Series Tomorrow



The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King in Flowood, April 20th features Amanda Joullian & John Chappell of Travelin’ Jane on stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.
The Crawfish King plans to serve boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell hot dogs, beer, soft drinks and water.
Concerts will be held every other Thursday night — April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18 and June 1.
Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles.
No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WAPT Coverage of Board Meeting re Flooding

Mill Creek residents took to the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning, and WAPT was there.

Your Chance to Help Keep the Rez Beautiful

WEATHER PERMITTING;  KRB will host another Great American Clean Up below the Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway on Earth Day, Sat. April 22 (on the west side of the river), to help alleviate litter that plagues the Pearl River and the Gulf of Mexico.  The heavy rains really flushed tons of litter out of storm drains.      If you would like to reserve a kayak, please contact Angie Webb, Pearl River Kayaks, Inc. at 601 966 5456 and mention KRB.  Volunteers are also needed to pick up litter in the parking lots and on the sandbars.   Let's Polish the Pearl this Earth Day and leave it shining!  
Jeannine May
Keep The Rez Beautiful,  Director
601 421-6160
"Treasure the Rez"


Monday, April 17, 2017

Rez Residents Arrested in Madison County

Two adults and three juveniles were recently arrested in the City of Madison in connection with a number of Rankin and Madison County auto burglaries.  Noah Brian McRae and Austin Payne Bieliauskas, both 18, and both residents of the Rankin County Reservoir area, are the two "adults". The juveniles have not been named.  The police recovered several firearms, one was a shotgun stolen from a car in the Reservoir area; two other firearms were stolen from a car in Flowood.

The press release is below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Movies-N-Moonlight TONIGHT

I let this sneak up on me.  Tonight is Movies-N-Moonlight at Winner's Circle Park.  Moana is showing.  The movie begins at dusk.  Synergy Myofascial is the sponsor.  Enjoy this beautiful weather!

Rez Easter Services

Lakeside Pres -- Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. -- Easter Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Pinelake -- Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Oakdale Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Fannin Methodist -- 10:30 a.m.
Fannin Baptist -- Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Church at Northshore -- Sunday at 10 a.m.
River of Life Church -- Sunday at 10 a.m.
St. Peter's By-the-Lake Episcopal -- Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m.--Easter Sunday at 8 & 10:30 am
St. Mark's UMC -- Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter Sunday at 8:20 and 10:45 a.m.
Castlewoods Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Word of Life -- Satuday at 5:30 p.m., Easter Sunday at 8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Vineyard Church -- Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
Lakeland Pres -- Easter Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with an Easter Brunch in between.
Liberty Baptist Church -- Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Flowood Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church
Thursday @ 7:00 pm -- Holy Thursday Mass
Friday @ 7:00 pm -- Good Friday Passion Service
Saturday @ 7:30 pm -- The Great Easter Vigil
Sunday @ 8:00 & 10:30 am -- Easter Sunday

If I got anything wrong (or left anyone out), let me know in the comments and I will update.

No Sunset Concert Series Tonight

Happy Easter Week, all!  No Sunset Concert Series at the Reservoir tonight.  Things kick back up next Thursday, April 20, 2017, with Amanda Joullian and John Chappell.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Farmington Station Neighborhood Garage Sale

Farmington Station's large neighborhood garage sale is this Saturday (April 8, 2017), beginning at 6 a.m.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Flood Meeting Tonight!

There is a community meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center, hosted by District 2 Supervisor, Daniel Cross.  From Daniel's Facebook Page:

Due to the recent flooding/storms that occurred Sunday night, I will be hosting a town hall meeting tonight at the Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road at 6:30 PM. I will have representatives from Rankin CountyEmergency Operations, the MS Insurance Department, Rankin CountySheriffs Department, Reservoir FD and our County Road Manager to answer any questions/issues you may be having. I want to provide all of the assistance needed to the residents of District 2 to insure that we can get through this disaster as efficiently as possible. We will discuss issues on debris removal, insurance policy questions, home clean up efforts and the possibility of State assistance.  Please help me spread the word about the meeting tonight to our neighbors who have been effected by this storm.
Thank you,Daniel

Today's Press Release About Lake Level and Discharge

From the good folks at the PRVWSD:

Media Release
For Immediate Release
5 April 2017
Lake falling, no increase in discharge expected

Barnett Reservoir lake levels began falling Tuesday night after Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials got ahead of inflows caused by Sunday rain event throughout the Pearl River Basin, and no further increases in the discharge from the dam is expected.

During Wednesday’s 9 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service Jackson, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the City of Jackson, PRVWSD, it was decided to keep the discharge at 43,000 cubic feet per second for another 24 hours.

The National Weather Service is still forecasting a crest of between 33.5 and 34 feet on the Pearl River at Jackson for Thursday. At 34 feet, some minor street flooding will occur in Jackson but water will not threaten homes or businesses.

“We took the discharge to 43,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday afternoon and at about 9 p.m., the lake peaked, turned around and started falling,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD general manger. “The lake reached 298.6 on Tuesday, the highest we’ve been in over 10 years. Now we can start working to track the fall and bring this event to a conclusion.”

The lake level was 298.4 at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Sigman explained that while the worst of flood threats has passed, high water conditions will continue for two weeks. Inflows into Barnett Reservoir will remain above 30,000 cubic feet per second for at least another 10 days, which means the rate of discharge at the spillway will track at a similar rate.

Spillway Road across the dam remains open in both directions, but the access road to the fishing area below the dam on the Madison County side is closed until further notice.

The public can track river forecasts online.

For the Reservoir: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jsnm6

For Jackson: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jacm6

The U. S. Geological Survey offers real-time looks at river gauges. There are 14 real-time gauges in the watershed above the dam that can be accessed online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/current/?type=flow.

The USGS’s Jackson gauge can be found at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv/?site_no=02486000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Water Levels

Below is the info-graphic from the National Weather Service regarding the flood stage of the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi.  As you can see, that graph was created at 7:21 a.m. today, so we are right below moderate flood stage.  We are predicted to reach 34 feet later this morning.  Hopefully, the river will peak at no more than 34.

The Pearl River last saw these heights in April of 2014.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Info on Hydrant Testing

Below is information from the good men and women of the Rez Fire Department concerning upcoming tests on area fire hydrants.  Note that you may briefly experience some discoloration in your water.  No worries.

Press Release on Lake Levels

Media Release
For Immediate Release
4 April 2017

Lake rising, but no major flooding predicted

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials increased the discharge at the Barnett Reservoir dam to 40,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning in an attempt to slow the rise of the lake after Sunday night’s rain event throughout the Pearl River Basin.

The decision to increase the discharge came during a 9 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service Jackson, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the City of Jackson.

“At 9 a.m., the lake level was 298.49, which is the highest in recent history,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD general manger. “We are holding as much water as we’ve held in at least 10 years, and we must release it, but we can do that without endangering the City of Jackson and other downstream communities.”

During the conference call, the National Weather Service increased its forecasted crest of 34 feet at Jackson at 6 a.m. Wednesday, a foot higher than Monday’s prediction. At 34 feet, some minor street flooding will occur in Jackson but water will not threaten homes or businesses.

“That is a similar level to what happened during the high water event in March of 2016, so residents can expect the same impact,” Sigman said. “If you live in a low area along the river, you need to be aware of your surroundings.”

The increase in discharge was necessary after Monday’s predicted peak inflow into the reservoir was exceeded. The peak inflow is now forecast at 40,000 cubic feet per second at noon on Wednesday.
Spillway Road across the dam remains open in both directions, but the access road to the fishing area below the dam on the Madison County side is closed until further notice.

The public can track river forecasts online.

For the Reservoir: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jsnm6

For Jackson: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jacm6

The U. S. Geological Survey offers real-time looks at river gauges. There are 14 real-time gauges in the watershed above the dam that can be accessed online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/current/?type=flow.

The USGS’s Jackson gauge can be found at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv/?site_no=02486000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Monday, April 3, 2017

Flooding Info and Resources

Rankin County EOC Facebook account.  Giving you regular updates, like: "School bus routes will begin at 9 a.m. today", safehouse locations, and closed streets.  Their Twitter account is here, but it contains no additional info.

The Rankin County School District states:  Due to flooding across the county, the Rankin County School District will have a delayed start in ALL schools. Elementary schools will begin at 10 am and middle schools and high schools will begin at 10:30am. Bus routes will begin at 9am.  

The RCSD Facebook page is here.  

WAPT Coverage is found here.

One woman died after her car was swept into a creek down in Florence.

WLBT coverage here.