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Posted 10/10/2014

Release no. 14-079


Contact
Shirley J. Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

VICKSBURG, MISS…Sardis Lake personnel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partnering with Volunteer Oxford to host a cleanup event at Sardis Lake during Make a Difference Day scheduled for
Oct. 25, 2014, 9 a.m. until noon. Each October, millions of people from across the nation volunteer during Make a Difference Day.

Volunteers will meet at the old mall parking lot on Jackson Avenue in Oxford for instructions and orientation. From there, park rangers will take groups to different areas in the Lafayette County portion of Sardis Lake to help with litter pickup. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, and dress in clothing suitable for outdoor work such as closed-toe shoes and long pants.

Sardis Lake covers more than 98,000 acres of land and water throughout parts of Panola, Lafayette, and Marshall counties in north Mississippi. This includes over 150 miles of shoreline during the recreational season. Within this vast area, litter can sometimes become a problem, particularly along popular stretches of shoreline and recreational areas that attract millions of visitors.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Michael Jones or Chris Gurner with the Sardis Lake Field Office (662) 563-4531. You may also contact Sarah Ball with Volunteer Oxford (662) 236-6662 or email volunteer@oxfordms.net  .

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the world's largest public engineering organization and has a firm commitment to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. The Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The primary mission of the Mississippi lakes is to provide flood risk reduction. With approximately 4.9 million visitors each year, these lakes also contribute approximately $99.5 million into the local economy. For more information visit our website. www.mvk.usace.army.mil