Vicksburg, Miss …With the ending of the partial government shutdown, all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ team members are back at work. All Vicksburg District offices resume their normal work schedule. Today, Vicksburg District commander, Col. John Cross, said, “It’s great to have our team back working to take care of the nation’s water resources.”
The partial shutdown affected Corps recreational areas, including campgrounds, and the evaluation of regulatory permits. The reopening process for the campgrounds will be timely but thorough. Rangers will thoroughly inspect campgrounds and parks before visitors can return, very similar to what is done following severe weather. After the inspections for safety and health related reasons, these recreational areas are expected to be reopened within the next 24 hours. Please contact the lake manager directly for specific information on a campground.
For information on the Mississippi Corps lakes: Arkabutla Lake, Mike Carter at 662-562-6261, ext. 14586; Enid Lake, Billy Samuels at 662-563-4571, ext. 19960; Grenada Lake, Andy Strickland at 662-226-5911, ext. 702218; Sardis Lake, Alton Pollan at 662-563-4531, ext. 21150.
For information on the Arkansas Corps lakes: DeGray Lake, Jody Dvorak at 870-246-5501, ext. 64006; Lake Greeson, Eric Jenkins at 870-285-2151, ext. 55005; Lake Ouachita, Stacy Sigman at 501-767-2101, ext. 73006.
During the shutdown, Corps regulatory offices were closed. Now, regulatory employees are back at work and will resume working with the regulatory program. The regulatory offices will resume evaluating individual permit applications, pre-construction notifications (PCNs) for nationwide permit (NWP) or regional general permit authorizations, or requests for jurisdictional determinations.
The 1,000 person workforce of the Vicksburg District services a 68,000-square-mile area within Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, with missions of providing for commercial navigation, hydropower, recreation, reduction of flood damages, protecting the environment, recreation, water supply, and providing support for others.