Friday, April 17, 2020

Rez Opens Monday

Rez parks & sandbars remain closed. 

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

Boating and fishing on Barnett Reservoir will resume on Monday, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District confirmed after Governor Tate Reeves’ Friday morning press conference related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In announcing a week extension of his “shelter-in-place” order, Reeves relaxed some parts of his original order that expires at 8 a.m. on Monday.

“Today, the Governor said he would allow lakes, including Barnett Reservoir, to reopen to boating and fishing on Monday morning,” said John Sigman, General Manager of PRVWSD, the state agency that operates Barnett Reservoir. “The change only includes boating and fishing and boat ramps, and does not allow the reopening of our parks and other day-use facilities. That includes sandbars.”

Social-distancing restrictions related to boating and fishing announced by the Governor will be in effect on Barnett. That includes maintaining at least 6-feet of space between people on boats, at boat ramps and bank fishing, and no gatherings. Boats will be allowed to carry no more than two people, or half of the maximum occupancy rating for each watercraft.

Due to shelter-in-place restrictions, no tournament fishing of any type will be allowed on Barnett Reservoir until further notice.

Sigman said Lakeshore Park, Old Trace Park, Lowhead Dam Fishing Area and Pelahatchie Shore Park will remain closed, as well as the dog parks and disc golf courses at Lakeshore and Old Trace parks. The Spillway Fishing Area will open Monday morning.

PRVWSD had good news for boaters on the lower lake and Pelahatchie Bay areas. “We are happy to announce that when the lake reopens Monday, boat traffic between the main lake and Pelahatchie Bay under the Northshore Causeway bridge will resume,” Sigman said. “Boaters will notice the new boom materials in place and new channel markers that will allow safe passage.”

Boat traffic at the bridge has been closed since Oct. 20, 2018 due to the outbreak of the invasive plant Giant Salvinia. The overlapping design of the boom allows for boat traffic while blocking the floating plant from escaping on wind or water current.


TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

Funny how we look at this as the end all of life. Person in another post stating that I am irresponsible because I mentioned how nice it was to drive to work and stop at a fast food restaurant to get food and coffee dealing with an employee less than 6 feet from me. That being his concern, why didn't the Gov shut down all fast food drive throughs. Seems there is no logic. The so called virus is just that, a virus that will go anywhere it wishes to go masks or no masks. Quarantine is when you restrict the movement of sick people, which is what should have been done from the get go. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people. Again, be safe.

Anonymous said...

Guess I need to fire up my party barge and buy some beers

Anonymous said...

Just go ahead and drain it!

Anonymous said...

Best decision possible. Plus main lake to P Bay open. Good work.

But, cue the freeloader who doesn't even pay to fish whining about "2 peeple. That's stoopid. Blah blah blah."

Again, as KF wrote, if it wasn't for the smooth brained drunk partying and spreading this crap, it wouldn't have to have been closed.

Anonymous said...

This should have been the policy from the get go. Excuse of boaters piling up at the ramp and not enough enforcement personnel to maintain policy on the sandbars was BS. Same for the burn ban. Implemented one day for the health and well-being of people and not to stress the volunteer fire departments and then gone a few days later. HORSE HOCKEY! (Don’t give the excuse of storm debris, health of folks is as important now as it was a week ago.). Tate switches back and forth worse than a sidewinder on a sand dune.

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah!

Go congregate and smooch and slap each other’s asses.

April congregators bring May ventilators

Anonymous said...

12:14 PM It might be you spreading "this crap?" Stop blaming others it not right and plus it is hateful.

Anonymous said...

Clintons, I’ll agree with you as soon as you can identify 95% of the infected people before they are contagious. As it is now at least half of people shedding the virus have no idea they are literally killing other American citizens.

Anonymous said...

I heard there were layoffs at Horne this week. True? And Baker Donelson also made cuts, right? If so, sid they keep their timber promoters when they did their layoffs?

The Accountant said...

Amen to 2:20 pm. The burn ban was implemented to control people on a holiday weekend, not for any true fire or health purpose. The government does not trust the people to act responsibly. Enforce laws on the irresponsible individuals, not the honest and responsible citizens.

Anonymous said...

You bubble boys who are lecturing everybody else about how they aren't doing enough to stop the virus, please remember you need to change your gloves every 15 minutes and through them away. You're keeping your hands clean but spreading the virus to everything you touch.

Anonymous said...

4:28 with the Laws for Thee but Not for Me. Honest and responsible citizens generally obey the law. But, you're the exception to the rules, I'm sure.

Cletus, if the GubMint could trust people to act responsibly, there would be no need for laws or law enforcement.

Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

Anonymous said...

Stop EXISTING in fear! There are no guarantees in life. You may get sick, you may also be killed by some idiot texting and driving. Take the precautions you feel necessary and go on with your life. If one chooses to lock themselves away out of fear that is their decision but let those of us who choose to live life do so as well.

Anonymous said...

General Sigman continues to have little orgasms any time he can announce restrictions on the public.

Don't be fooled by his insincere 'We're pleased to announce...' posturing. No, he is not.

PS: The 'casual fishers' along the bank line on the Trace never slowed down, some in groups with grills and games set up.

Anonymous said...

@6:52 How do you feel about laws prohibiting texting and driving? Do you believe they are an infringement against personal freedom, or are they a reasonable restriction on an action that unnecessarily endangers other innocent citizens?

Anonymous said...

Kingfish can NOT stand being called out.

Anonymous said...

@10:14 Don't ask the Bubble Boys that question, we already know the answer. If they are afraid of a virus that was massively overestimated, you know they are afraid of everything else. Bright side, the future for you who teach their children to face their fears is much brighter with so many now teaching their children to run from their fears.

Anonymous said...

I hope the white perch and brim are still biting because I got an itch that only delicious sunfish can scratch!

Anonymous said...

10:55 is going to defeat a viral disease with mental toughness and will power. Please report back in a month or so and let us know how that worked out for you.

Anonymous said...

Why 8AM? If you are going fishing in the morning it's best to get on the lake by daylight. I haven't had time to go fishing in about 40 years but I well remember being at the Rez at daylight many times. How about it fishermen?

Anonymous said...

@8:04 PM - true, but the bureaucrats who wrote the order grew up having the "hired help" catch and clean their fish for them, so they don't know squat about fishing.

Anonymous said...

Baker Donelson did NOT lay off anyone.

Anonymous said...

If you haven't had time to go fishing in 40 years, you're about 38 years late in paying for a time-management coach.

Anonymous said...

So cool today, driving along the Rez on the Trace and seeing maybe thirty five boats, all half a mile apart. Hope this pleases you idiots who predicted 'rednecks gathering at boat launches'.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile: Foursomes in close proximity dot the putting greens. Maybe beer kills the virus. Oh, wait! You can't catch this stuff unless you're in a group of ten.

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