By REGGIE ROSS
Steady work continues at Grenada Lake, and evidence can be seen in the bed of the Yalobusha River and local creeks and streams.
For the past month, crews with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been monitoring the outlet gates at the spillway, and lake waters have not been released in two weeks.
“They have finished up with the last of the chemical treatment, which requires us to keep the pressure down,” said Grenada Lake Natural Resource Manager Chris Terry. “For the past couple of weeks these guys have been working seven days a week running tests.”
Terry said once that they have completed testing, the gates will be reopened.
“We need to start opening the gates and get some water out, but this testing is routine maintenance that has to get done,” Terry said. “We do this about every two or three years.”
Local fishermen who cast lines in the city limits said there’s some good that comes out to the water being low downstream.
Clifford Evans, who fished the banks of the Yalobusha River near Main Street, said he was able to spot some of the bigger catfish and several bream at low spots.
“I knew exactly where to go Thursday,” Evans said. “There are still some big catfish in that river, and I wouldn’t have seen them if that river wasn’t down.”
Projects are happening at all points of the lake ranging from newer rest rooms, new pavilion, a new berm ditch atop the levee, and even a fish cleaning station.
“This is all from the money allocated from the Corps that requires us to get these projects done before the end of the year,” Terry said.
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