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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.



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  • Vicksburg District Predicts Yazoo Backwater Area to Reach 98 to 98.5 Feet: Eagle Lake Potentially to Equalize with the Backwater Area

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – On May 17, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District notified Warren County Emergency Management, other local, state and federal partners and the public that the Yazoo Backwater area is predicted to crest at 98 to 98.5 feet within the week.
  • High Water Impacts Mississippi Reservoirs: Grenada Lake Flows Enter Spillway

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel May 10 that flows from Grenada Lake, located near Interstate 55 in north Mississippi, were forecasted to enter the project’s spillway within the week. Since notifying local authorities and emergency management personnel, flows from the reservoir at Grenada Lake began entering the project’s spillway May 10. The reservoir at Grenada Lake Dam is currently at an elevation of 232.1 feet. The project’s spillway is at an elevation of 231 feet. Any reservoir elevations above the spillway crest will pass through the project’s spillway until the reservoir pool drops below the spillway crest.
  • Vicksburg District Updates Local Officials on Conditions in the Yazoo Backwater Area

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District met with local Warren County officials May 10 at the district’s headquarters building in Vicksburg to provide an overview of current and forecasted conditions in the Yazoo Backwater area and discuss the implications of these conditions on Eagle Lake. Additionally, district engineers provided an update on conditions at the Steele Bayou Control Structure and the Muddy Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg.
  • High Water in the Mississippi River Valley

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Protecting people, infrastructure, commerce, agriculture and energy are always at the forefront of what we do at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD). National Weather Service (NWS) analyses show a high pressure area located near the Southeast coast of the United States and a large trough out west. “This is the same pattern seen in most of the significant flooding events in the Mississippi Valley over the past 120 years, including the high water experienced earlier this year,” said Bill Frederick, senior NWS meteorologist and NWS liaison at the Mississippi Valley Division. NWS model guidance suggests this pattern will continue through at least the middle of May and will produce areas of very heavy rains across the Mississippi watershed. Currently, models show the heaviest rains falling over the Arkansas/Red/White/lower Missouri/middle Mississippi/Illinois valleys.
  • High Water Delays Work at Columbia Lock, Dam

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Elevated water levels on the Ouachita River have delayed 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.
  • Imminent Activation of Arkabutla Lake Dam Spillway

    VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel April 16 that the activation of the spillway at Arkabutla Lake Dam, located 35 miles north of Marks, Mississippi, is imminent. Arkabutla is one of four lakes in Mississippi maintained and operated by the Vicksburg District. The district’s four flood control reservoirs – Enid, Grenada, Sardis and Arkabutla lakes – are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure.
  • Vicksburg District Signs Water Storage Agreements with Central Arkansas Water, City of Hot Springs

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District hosted a signing ceremony for two water storage space agreements at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, April 3. Vicksburg District Commander Col. Michael C. Derosier, along with Central Arkansas Water (CAW) Chief Executive Officer Tad Bohannan and City of Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe signed the agreements. The agreement with 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.
  • DeGray Lake to Update Master Plan for Land Use Management

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s DeGray Lake Field Office is beginning the process of updating its 1973 Master Plan for land use management. The Master Plan was designed to provide guidance for the orderly development, administration, maintenance, preservation, enhancement and management of all natural, cultural and recreational resources of a USACE water resource project. The plan does not include any water management operations associated with USACE facilities, such as the dam or spillway.
  • 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.