The Pearl River Valley has removed the trash cans from up river sandbars. The district says they are making the move after overwhelming input from the general public.
The district issued this press release today:
Due to the overwhelming input from the general public, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District ("District") has removed the garbage cans located on up river sandbars. The District feels that removal of these cans will assist the public with a better understanding that all litter must be removed and shall not enter the waterways of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who have participated with the educational efforts related to this issue. Most importantly, we would like to thank members of the public and the users of the Barnett Reservoir who have followed the law and have removed litter and helped with passing this awareness of such an important issue along to others. As a reminder, if you are ticketed for littering on the Ross Barnett Reservoir a fine of up to $1,000.00 will be enforced. Thank you again to all who have cooperated in keeping the Barnett Reservoir a valuable treasure to our State.
PRVWSD Director John Sigman tells us Bert Case's story on Monday, July 4th, opened his eyes to the problem. "We looked at his pictures, what he found on the river. We realized our signs, dumpsters were not being effective, so we decided to clean up the trash, even though in the past I said we weren't going to clean up the trash," he says.
"We'll be out there next week on Monday, early, to see where trash deposits are, whether the community responded," Sigman adds. "From that point we'll decide what other actions. We don't want to close down the river, no one wants that, but that is an ultimate consideration."
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