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Aside from the water itself, the terrestrial resources that surround our lakes are valuable assets that sustain the exquisite nature of our 10 lakes.

Original congressional authorizations were limited in some cases to only one purpose, Flood Damage Reduction at our older projects. More recent authorization included multi-purpose functions such as Hydropower Production, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship, Water Supply, Public Recreation, as well as Flood Damage Reduction.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Vicksburg District Corps Projects, recognize the purpose of the project and enjoy the many opportunities provided to expand your knowledge of the outdoors and relax.  


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  • Vicksburg District Opens Steele Bayou Control Structure

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District opened the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, April 1. The Steele Bayou Control Structure, which was built in 1969, combined with the Mississippi River and Yazoo Backwater levees, prevents the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers from backing up and further flooding the Delta.
  • Vicksburg District Releases Notice of Availability for Leasing Agricultural Tracts at Arkabutla Lake

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will lease agricultural tracts at Arkabutla Lake, Mississippi, to the public. These properties can be used for pasture, hay and grazed woods purposes and consist of acreage in DeSoto and Tate counties in Mississippi. The Vicksburg District will accept sealed bids for Invitation No. DACW38-9-19-23 until 2 p.m. on April 16, 2019. Bids will begin to be publicly opened at that time. Individuals interested in bidding should send their information in a sealed enveloped marked and addressed as follows: USACE, Vicksburg, Attention: Real Estate Division, 4155 Clay Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183-3435.
  • Central Arkansas Water, City of Hot Springs to Enter Water Storage Agreement at DeGray Lake

    VICKSBURG, Miss. –Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District-proposed agreements for water storage space at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, were recently approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. The agreement with Central Arkansas Water (CAW) is for an estimated 157,014 acre-feet of storage and will supply approximately 100 million gallons a day (MGD) of water to their customers. The agreement with the City of Hot Springs is for an estimated 31,456 acre-feet and will supply approximately 20 MGD to the city.
  • Corps to Host Public Meeting on Eagle Lake Flooding

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District is scheduled to host a public meeting regarding flooding at Eagle Lake, Mississippi, March 22 at 6 p.m. Central at the district’s headquarters building, located at 4155 East Clay Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 39183. District engineers will provide an overview of current and forecasted conditions in the Steele Bayou Sump and discuss the implications of these conditions on Eagle Lake. At this time, no decision has been made to fill the lake further through the Muddy Bayou Control Structure.
  • High Water Impacts Work at Columbia Lock, Dam

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Elevated water levels on the Ouachita River are affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s emergency repair work at Columbia Lock and Dam, located approximately seven miles upstream of Columbia, Louisiana.
  • Update on Construction at Mississippi River Levee Near Black Hawk

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District (MVK) currently has a construction contract underway to strengthen a section of the mainline Mississippi River levee system near Black Hawk, Louisiana. The construction was planned and initiated prior to the start of the current, ongoing flood event in the region. MVK awarded a contract to Phylway Construction to install 16 relief wells near Black Hawk in December 2018. The relief wells will provide additional control measures for potential sand boils in the future. Construction at the site has temporarily ceased due to unfavorable river and weather conditions. District engineers will continue monitoring the site with the goal of advancing the construction work when conditions permit.
  • President's Fiscal 2020 Budget for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program released

    The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) includes $4.827 billion in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Corps to Open Muddy Bayou Control Structure

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel of the need to open the gates of the Muddy Bayou Control Structure, located 13 miles northwest of Vicksburg in the Yazoo Basin, as early as March 12. The Muddy Bayou Control Structure regulates water flowing into or out of Eagle Lake through Muddy Bayou, a tributary of Steele Bayou. The drainage structure, which was constructed as a fish and wildlife mitigation feature to improve fisheries in Eagle Lake, is used by USACE during periods of high water in the Yazoo Basin to reduce the risk of damage to the Muddy Bayou Control Structure and to prevent scour or further damage to roads and homes surrounding the lake.
  • Precautionary Flood Fight Efforts at Grenada Lake Dam Spillway

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District (MVK) is taking precautionary flood fight measures at the Grenada Lake Dam in Grenada, Mississippi, due to forecasted rainfall in the region. District engineers began making preparations to place stone in the spillway March 8. The stone will be placed over gabion baskets that are currently in the bottom of the spillway channel to further armor the channel in advance of additional rainfall forecasted at the lake in the upcoming weeks.
  • Vicksburg District Utilizes Flood Control Reservoirs in Yazoo Basin

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District used its four flood control reservoirs in the Yazoo Basin – Grenada, Enid, Sardis and Arkabutla lakes – to reduce the peak flow of rainfall runoff by approximately 90 percent during the unprecedented rainfall even throughout the region in February 2019.