Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pearl River Clean Sweep

Media Release
For Immediate Release
5 September 2018

Reservoir spillway area to close Sept. 15-16
to facilitate 2nd annual Operation Clean Sweep

Barnett Reservoir officials have announced that the Spillway Recreation Area below the dam will be closed Sept. 15-16 to accommodate the 2nd annual Operation Clean Sweep on the Pearl River.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees the 33,000-acre lake, said the gates on the access ramps on both sides of the spillway will be locked at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 15 and only volunteers and staff working on the cleanup will be allowed to enter until further notice.

Officials said work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday on the west side of the spillway and continue until it is complete. Cleaning on the east side, or Rankin County side, will follow and the east side parking lot will serve as the collection site for all trash gathered in the reservoir and nearby areas.

Organized by Pearl Riverkeeper Abby Braman of Madison, Operation Clean Sweep targets the entire Pearl River watershed, from the headwaters at Nanih Waiya above Philadelphia to the Pearl’s mouth on the Mississippi and Louisiana border at the Gulf of Mexico. It involves 490 miles of river flowing through 15 Mississippi counties and two Louisiana parishes. Using over 30 collection sites, the 2017 Sweep saw 1,015 volunteers pull 36,782 pounds of trash from the Pearl River.

For more information on or to volunteer for Operation Clean Sweep, visit https://www.pearlriverkeeper.com/pearl-river-clean-sweep-2018

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