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Alligator scouting: More harm than good?

Hattiesburg American

Date: 7/24/2016 3:43:00 PM

"We're out on the water a lot at night and it looks like city lights on Ross Barnett (Reservoir)," said Woodie Reaves, a licensed alligator trapper. "They've been scouting for the last month or six weeks. "They're even out there (scouting) during the week

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Barnett Reservoir adding recreational amenities

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Date: 7/23/2016 4:49:00 PM

New recreational amenities are being added at the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir. The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District board on Tuesday approved adding three new American Disabilities Act-compliant comfort stations — one each at Lakeshore

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Alligator hunters struggle with permit purchases

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Date: 7/19/2016 3:24:00 PM

"There's a lot of furor over this," Todd Macko of the Ross Barnett Reservoir area said. "Everybody seemed to be having problems." Macko said he tried to connect to the ms.gov server as soon as the countdown clock hit zero at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, but had

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Mississippi honors segregationist governor: Column

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Date: 7/15/2016 7:33:00 PM

The Ross Barnett Reservoir is the Mississippi’s largest source of drinking water. The 33,000-acre reservoir was begun in 1960 with the intention of supplying drinking water to the state’s capital, Jackson. Construction was completed in 1963

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3 On Your Side Investigates: Preventing Another 1979 Flood

MS News Now

Date: 7/7/2016 9:55:00 PM

The original weir was constructed decades ago to keep a minimum amount of water between it and the Ross Barnett Reservoir, so the city would always have enough water to draw from the river. Once the new weir is constructed to the south, the river above it

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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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