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Boating ban starts tomorrow in parts of the Reservoir

WAPT Jackson

Date: 10/18/2018 3:34:00 PM

A boating ban starts Friday in parts of the Ross Barnett Reservoir because of a giant Salvinia outbreak. Boating in the Pelahatchie Bay Area has been banned for six months. Experts say if this plant i

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Officials Fighting Invasive Plant Ban Boats in Part of Lake

U.S. News & World Report

Date: 10/18/2018 1:20:00 PM

Giant salvinia was found in June in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson. The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to Brazil. It can form thick mats that choke aquatic l

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Coming Unstrung

New Orleans

Date: 10/3/2018 6:06:00 AM

By 1996, Jackson land owner and developer John McGowan, fueled by funds from his oil and gas company, proposed adding a lake encircled by commercial and housing developments below the Ross Barnett Res

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Pearl River Water Valley Supply District re-elects board


Date: 9/21/2018 9:30:00 AM

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss (WJTV) - The agency which oversees the operation of the Ross Barnett Reservoir unanimously reelected their Board of Directors. The board is comprised of 14 members, two from each o

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Highway reopens after tractor-trailer pulled from lake

The Republic

Date: 9/20/2018 6:56:00 PM

The Mississippi Department of Transportation said Thursday that it had reopened the section of Mississippi 43 that crosses the Ross Barnett Reservoir from Madison County to Rankin County. Investigator

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• Surface Area: 33,000 Acres
The Ross Barnett Reservoir is an impoundment of the Pearl River located in Mississippi. The lake serves as the state's largest drinking water resource, and is managed by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The western shore of the lake is bounded by the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. The lake was named for Ross R. Barnett, the 52nd Governor of Mississippi. Construction of the lake, under the direction of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, began in 1960 and was completed in 1963. The main purpose of the project was to create a permanent water source for city of Jackson. The reservoir is currently managed by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Each year over two million people visit the Ross Barnett Reservoir and enjoy outdoor recreation. Popular activities include boating, fishing, water-skiing, and camping. There are 16 parks, five campgrounds, 22 boat launches, and six trails located along the lake.
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