Friday, September 15, 2017

Below Spillway Closed for Operation Clean Sweep

Media Release
For Immediate Release
15 September 2017

PRVWSD: Spillway Recreation Area to be closed
Sept. 23-24 for Operation Clean Sweep

The popular spillway fishing area below the Barnett Reservoir dam will be closed to recreation on Sept. 23-24 to accommodate a river-long clean up, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

The Pearl River Clean Sweep, a project spearheaded by Pearl Riverkeeper Abby Braman, is an intensive water and shoreline trash removal effort that begins at the Pearl River headwaters near Philadelphia and continues to the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of volunteers will be in kayaks, canoes and powerboats on the river and its many tributaries.

The Spillway Recreation Area will be the collection point for garbage from the upper Pearl. PRVWSD’s efforts to keep it clean, with help from many volunteers, including Braman, led to the idea for Clean Sweep.

“We are going to close the spillway area to fishing those two days because we felt it was unsafe to have people cleaning up at the same time people are fishing,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD General Manager. “Plus, we are hoping that fishermen will join in the cleanup. Keeping the spillway area clean has long been a problem and recently became a priority.

“We have been proud that so many volunteers, including the recently formed Ross Barnett Spillway Fishing Group, Keep the Reservoir Beautiful and Abby have stepped up to help. This is the kind of effort needed to bring attention to this wonderful recreation area and to help protect it.”
Access to both sides of the spillway will close at 4 a.m. on Saturday, except for Pearl River Clean Sweep volunteers and PRVWSD personnel.

Sigman said that the plan was to start the spillway cleaning early Saturday on the Madison County (north) side, and once completed, it could open to recreational users that afternoon.
“That’s the plan, but it will depend on how long it takes for volunteers to finish cleaning the rocks and the banks,” he said. “That is the priority for us during this operation.”

The Rankin County side will not reopen until all work is completed on Sunday.

“We will be bringing all the trash collected in the areas in the northern and central part of the river to the spillway parking area on the Rankin County side,” Sigman said. “After collecting it on Saturday, we will begin separating the recyclables and then deliver the rest to be disposed at landfills.”
For more information on Operation Clean Sweep, including becoming a volunteer participant, visit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9/11 Memorial Run

Deputy Fire Chief, Josh Swales, breaking down the 9/11 Memorial Run.  We are blessed with true heroes.  From the Facebook Page of 93.5 The Legend:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Spinners of Florence

This coming business is not in the Rez area, but I figured my readers would be interested.  From the Spinners of Florence Facebook page:

The official announcement!!
Spinners is a family entertainment center coming to Florence, MS behind "The Cross" on HWY 49. Bowling, roller skating, bounce houses, arcade games, and family FUN, FUN, FUN awaits you and your family!!
We will give updates as they happen, including an opening date, hiring process, birthday parties, etc. In the meantime, please feel free to share this excitement for our town!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Clean Sweep of the Pearl

If you don't know about Pearl Riverkeeper, and the work it does to improve your environment, you need to read up on it here.  The Inaugural Pearl River Clean Sweep takes place September 23, 2017. The event flyer is below.  Volunteer, clean up, feel good, behold a clean river, and party.  Afterwards, thank/patronize the sponsors.