Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) officials are expecting summer events and recreation at the reservoir to return close to normal after more than a year and a half of battling giant salvinia.
The next step will be installing a new baffle system boom underneath the bridge between Pelahatchie Bay and the main lake.
PRVWSD Executive Director John Sigman said the materials to construct the boom should arrive soon, and upon their arrival, installation will begin immediately. The installation is not expected to take more than five days, and once complete, it will be open for use.
Sigman said the boom cost approximately $46,000, and that it will be a great for residents living around Pelahatchie Bay this summer.
“I know a number of people have moved their boats out of Pelahatchie Bay because the water is low and their boats would be touching bottom,” Sigman said. “I’ve talked to a number of people who did.”
While many people have been able to load their boats onto trailers and keep them in their yards, Sigman said others were not able to do that.
“Not everybody has a trailer because you didn’t need one if you have a boat house,” he said.
Once the boom is installed, Sigman expects more people to move their boats back.
“The purpose of it is to allow for that freedom of movement,” he said. “Most people like to go boating in the evening, come out in the big lake and watch the sunset or come over and get a hamburger somewhere. That’s a great thing to do, so I expect that will occur.”
The installation of the new boom system will also be right on time for Pepsi Pops and other reservoir events that kick off in May.