VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Enid Lake and the Enid Lake Volunteers for Waste Management held the lake’s annual Cleanup Day event Feb. 22, which provided volunteers an opportunity to help maintain the beauty of the lake.
Volunteers met at designated areas around the lake, including the field office, Bynum Boat Ramp, Ford’s Well Campground and Bluford Road, to be briefed by the lake’s park rangers on the day’s agenda and potential safety hazards. The park rangers and 95 volunteers collected 40 cubic yards of compacted trash and 31 tires from the lake’s roads and shorelines. Volunteers received a complimentary lunch and participated in a raffle with door prizes after the cleanup.
“Projects like Cleanup Day not only enhance Enid Lake’s beauty but promote environmental stewardship to people who live and recreate near the lake,” said Enid Lake manager Mike Robinson. “We appreciate these volunteers and their important role in supporting USACE’s work to preserve and enhance the environment for future generations.”
Every year on Cleanup Day, district park rangers, natural resources specialists and volunteers remove trash and debris from the lake’s main access roads, recreation areas and shorelines. Since the event’s inception in 2004, Cleanup Day volunteers have removed approximately 1,000 compacted cubic yards of trash and debris and 860 tires from the shoreline and roads of the lake.
Enid, Arkabutla, Sardis and Grenada lakes, the four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility, were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.
Release no. 20-021