Monday, September 24, 2018

Fishing on the Rez? Bring a Trash Can.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement.

Looking to end a continuing problem of litter on the banks of the Barnett Reservoir and especially at the Spillway Recreation Area, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District passed a proposed regulation Thursday that would require fishermen to carry a dedicated trash receptacle while fishing at the 33,000-acre lake.

Boaters are already required to have a trash container, and the new proposal would cover “any person, firm, or corporation fishing from the shore or bank of the Main Lake or any dyke, levy, groin, jetty or more appurtenant to the waters within the Reservoir Project Area.”

By container, the proposal includes the language, “a container marked ‘Trash’ with stencil or other clear markings for the disposal of garbage or refuse.” Kenny Latham, chairman of PRVWSD’s Parks Policy Committee, said the intent is to require a bucket of some type and not a bag, and give officers an enforceable litter law.

“This proposal came from meetings with fishermen, and was actually their idea,” Latham said. “It has the support of the Spillway Fishing Group and Keep the Reservoir Beautiful, and KRB is hoping to contribute bright orange labels like a bumper sticker that has ‘Trash’ on it.

“What it does is give enforcement officers a more enforceable law regarding litter on the banks. As it stands now, an officer must see the person drop the trash and then leave, which could be hours later. Once this law is in effect, the officer will have a tool to help stop littering - if you’re fishing and do not have a container, you could be ticketed.”

Under Mississippi’s Administrative Procedures Act, the proposal must undergo a mandatory comment period beginning the day it is posted by the Secretary of State. Comments can be made by email to comments@therez.ms, or by land mail to PRVWSD Comments, P.O. Box 2180, Ridgeland MS 39158. After that time, the Board of Directors can move to take final action on the proposal, and the law would be effective 30 days later, which should be on or about Jan. 1, 2019. Violations of the law would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000.


46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Am I reading this right? If I am fishing from the bank, I have to have a bucket marked "trash"? Not a sack marked "trash" but a bucket? I guess my car that might be five feet from me is not good enough to my trash in?


the actions of a few bad apples open the door to such idiocracy

Kingfish said...

So submit a comment. That is why there is a 90 day comment period.

Anonymous said...

There are so many disabled people fishing at the spillway. Most of them are disabled for psyche issues. Good luck with that.

Arlo said...

Now if 100 of us make the same comment to Delbert that:

"You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant"

He might just think it's a movement where we've all rehabilitated ourselves and have NO intent on sitting on the Group W Bench because we left our garbage somewhere illegally with someone else's garbage that was already there.

Anonymous said...

Litter & Trash is a huge problem in Mississippi. Families are raising kids who turn into adults to NOT pick up after themselves. A LOT of good ole boys are raised in homes that have 3 or 4 junk cars in the front yard & TRASH ALL OVER THE PLACE. GOD BLESS EM.I'M a good ole country boy & no one can tell me anything & just to spite you & the govt. I'm going to litter the hell out of this place. Remember NO one is going to pick up after your butt. And if you don't we are going to close all the fishing holes up. You hear what I say Bubba.


Department of Mississippi Fish & Wildlife

Anonymous said...

10:07 Can I bring my service dog with me?

Anonymous said...

Let's tax Wendy, Burger King, Chick F let, Taco Bell because they produced the trash!

Louis LeFleur said...

Barvo, Arlo!

Anonymous said...

If you’re boating, it’s best to have two trash bags. One to show the law man, and another that is kept hidden to put your empty beer cans in. They don’t like seeing empty beer cans on the boat, even in a trash bag.

Anonymous said...

Look, I'm not green zealot, but the garbage in the Res and the Pearl all the way to at least Jackson is out of control. Mayes Lake has an embarrassing amount of trash in it. Thinking that volume of garbage is being generated by merely a "few bad apples" is an irresponsible misdirection. While I support McGowan's lake I also agree that it will be filled with garbage and wonder what unplanned costs are being overlooked in order to pay for the 365 day a year effort it will take to keep it garbage free. And if they've allocated little to no funding for floating garbage abatement then their plan is full of crapola.

Anonymous said...

10:25 for the win. That song covers so many wonderful things.

Anonymous said...

Just take a can of spray paint and spray "TRASH" on the nearest empty trash can. Be sure to leave it there so the next fisherman won't have to go through this routine, or, if you are fishing there regularly, you are okay to go.

Anonymous said...

10:01 You'd be surprised. From years of biking all around the rez, it does appear that the most of the culprits are those who pull over, park, and fish 15' below their vehicle. At first I thought surely a bag would do but everybody would say "Well officer, i got a bag in the car" and would waste a lot of time & frustration to get up and prove it. Plus, Rez cops can spot a bucket as they drive by (just wave and not stop)... plus, won't have a lake full of plastic bags that will have been blown into the lake. It makes good sense.

Anonymous said...

"What it does is give enforcement officers a more enforceable law regarding litter on the banks. As it stands now, an officer must see the person drop the trash and then leave, which could be hours later. Once this law is in effect, the officer will have a tool to help stop littering - if you’re fishing and do not have a container, you could be ticketed"

I agree, there needs to be something done, especially below the spillway, but this is not it. So what you're now saying is you can ticket me for not carrying something on my person or boat that says "trash" specifically. My center console has a huge livewell. When we go up on the river to hang out, every bit of trash goes into it. It has a small opeing and a seat on top of it. Now you are going to make me carry a bucket specifically for trash. Have you ever put a couple of cans/bottles/chip bags in a 5 gallon bucket and tried to run a boat? Every bit of it will be blown out before the next no wake zone. All they are doing now is creating a new source of revenue via tickets.

Anonymous said...

A lot of the garbage comes from the surrounding communities as well. Storm drains and ditches drain to the pearl. There are several creeks in Canton where the locals would just assume dump their garbage than put it out on the curb. Big storm comes and it just disappears, right?

Anonymous said...

The Trash receptacle MUST be hunters orange in color and measure at least 36 inches in height and 18 inches in diameter. The receptacle must be clearly marked TRASH in Black lettering a minimum of 6 inches in height with a width of at least 3 inches. Failure to possess said receptacle will result in a minimum fine of $100.

Anonymous said...

What is a lake "groin?"

Anonymous said...

Was following behind a Jackson Public School bus the other day. Saw a little hand reach out through an open window and discard some trash. Perhaps JPS could fund a study on the best way to educate students on he evils of littering.

Anonymous said...

@11:31 - You're crazy if you think someone in Canton is going to haul their garbage to a creek to dispose of it. It'd take too much effort on their part!! It would cost them money for the drive not to mention they'd have to load it up for the haul.

THINK MAN THINK ! ! ! ! !

Anonymous said...

Blame it on the Democrats

Iron Eyes Cody said...

The Rankin County jail is full of folks sitting around doing nothing.
The prison in Brandon is full of folks sitting around doing nothing.
Seems like a workable solution.

Anonymous said...

11:55 FUNNY YOUY MEMTION THAT, because I am an aspiring crony capitalist and I will have grab and go reservoir regulation recipticals for only 90 dollars, which is less than the minimum fine.

#TheMississippiWay

Anonymous said...

11:23 - put your trash can in your live well. Problem solved.

Next.......

Anonymous said...

"The Trash receptacle MUST be hunters orange in color and measure at least 36 inches in height and 18 inches in diameter. The receptacle must be clearly marked TRASH in Black lettering a minimum of 6 inches in height with a width of at least 3 inches. Failure to possess said receptacle will result in a minimum fine of $100."

Let me guess, somebody important has a nephew who received a no bid contract to manufacture the buckets to the required spec. Compliant trash buckets will available at your local bait shop for $59.99.

Anonymous said...

Surely, people don't eat fish from the Rez, do they? The water is contaminated with human feces, urine, agricultural runoff, household chemicals, discarded pharmaceuticals, used syringes and all manner of detritus. And the Gulf is an even bigger toilet. I've not eaten fish or seafood of any type in more than 20 years and have no plans to resume.

Troy Odom said...

Here is a post from the Rez News where I make my best attempt to explain the odd names. http://www.thereznews.com/2013/01/dikes-groins-and-mole-appurtenant.html

Anonymous said...

I am so sick of you rednecks throwing your trash in the back of your truck and then driving down the highway as it flies out of the back.

Anonymous said...

There used to be a pretty good commercial with that buffalo Indian faced guy.."You gotta PITCH IN to Clean up AMERICA, and if every body DOESNT PITCH IN to clean up America...." you can sing the rest ...

Anonymous said...

The littering thing baffles me. Most people will either be near a trash bin or going to one. Why litter?

Anonymous said...

@3:37

You’d be surprised how much trash other people throw into the backs of trucks. I see it all the time. They walk by and just throw the trash back there. It’s pretty ridiculous.

1:03 one would think they’re too lazy, but no. They will load up the trash and drive down the street as pitch it in a ditch. While in a trash bag. At least if you call the sherif they will make them come pick it up, assuming the people leave bills and other identifying information in it.

To Pale Face said...

@ September 24, 2018 at 3:43 PM
Me have done spoken at September 24, 2018 at 2:45 PM.
Me have offered solution.
Keep up.

Anonymous said...

Don't mean to ruin the fun but fairly certain most, if not all, of Canton drains into the Big Black.

Anonymous said...




People are nasty as hell and have no respect for others.

Get that littering fine up to $ 500.00 and a lot of this will improve.

Norm Alioto said...

Seems pretty inconvenient given the proposed specs of the receptacle, but it's honestly a small price to pay to try to clean up the local waterways.

Crank Bait said...

Did they intend to use the words dykes and groins in the same sentence?

This is just as damned crazy as the failed, floated balloon last year to require a sticker on every boat that ever launches an annual fee. Never got off the ground.

And last year's failed notion to put 600 houses along Old Rice Road with each house being in the 1000 sq. ft. range.

They can already easily watch (from the spillway tower) all the litterbugs fishing below. Getchur ass down their and cite them while checking for licenses.

Or close off the spillway to fishing, entirely!

Wiseowl said...

The Rez Board is littered with pratacing morons. Where do these fools come from? Pinish everyone because some liter. That is typical liberal response to the problem. Rez folks do your job, ticket literers. Of course that might mean stopping harrassment of boaters for drinking. And how about keeping clears on boat launches.

Anonymous said...

@5:20.

Less than half drains into the big black. The ditches on the east side of town where the residents dump their garbage drain to the pearl.

Anonymous said...

The littering is completely out of hand. They had to do something.

Anonymous said...

My buddy has land south of the spillway. Every time it floods and the water resides there is literally trash everywhere. It’s high time someone acts on this.

Anonymous said...

I wish we could come up with a tax to tax “the stupid”... that could cover 80-90% of the stupid stuff we all have to tolerate!

Anonymous said...

Prevailing currents seem to have developed a flotilla of white trash between Flag island and Pelican Cove that I would like to see addressed.

Anonymous said...

There is just too much talking trash on here.

Anonymous said...

every smoker alive will tell you straightaway that cigarette butts are not litter and they have a god given right to throw them on the ground. dont take my word for it , just ask one.

Anonymous said...

i live in a small caribbean country. we will call it a 'developing nation' . i m from mississippi and often read this site. every state in the usa including mississippi, has a state of the art, trash, litter, and garbage disposal system. here in our little developing nation we have no such thing. waste disposal systems and services are chaotic and often unreliable. there is not a garbage can everywhere you look as in the states. however every time i return to mississsippi i an stunned at the amounts of litter and garbage thrown out by people. even without modern waste disposal my little developing nation is 10 times cleaner than mississippi.

Shotgun Approach said...

In response to prevailing wisdom at the Interior Department, Natchez Trace officials, last year, removed most (if not all) garbage containers along the Trace. You know...the big green ones with the crooked necks that you could stop at and deposit your litter? They're gone.

And now we see contract workers up and down the trace walking along poking litter with a stick or snatching it up with an aluminum hand for deposit into a bucket.

I can guarantee you that it's not the honest, licensed, common fisherman in a boat who is doing all this littering. Those people were raised right by their fathers, also fishermen. Most of us take a bag along and collect litter...not just our own either.

This whole thing is wacky, misguided, mis-aimed and wrong. It's my bet that not a soul voting to float this trial balloon owns a bass boat or has every fished for crappie or bream in the Rez.

Anonymous said...

That's going to be interesting for the kayak fishermen. . .

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