High tech fish cleaning at Leake Co. water park - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

High tech fish cleaning at Leake Co. water park

Source: Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Source: Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
Source: Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Source: Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  A state of the art fish-cleaning station has opened at Leake County Water Park near the Lowhead Dam at Barnett Reservoir, officials of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

PRVWSD also said it has completed a permanent storm shelter at Flag Island, giving boaters and campers on the upper river area a safe haven during bad weather.

The fish-cleaning station, partially funded by a Sportfish Restoration grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, includes a grinding device that pulverizes left over fish parts so they can be disposed of through the Park's sewer system.

There is no charge for using the cleaning station, which includes a concrete pad, a roof, power hook-ups for electric knives, a four-sided cleaning area with plastic countertops and hoses for a quick clean up.

At the heart of the station is a sink and grinding device. Two open-ended pipes extend above the guarded grinder. Any leftover parts of the fish from the cleaning process, including heads and backbones, can be placed in the pipes and will be pulverized.

While the power to the grinder is engaged, water enters the device automatically to assist in the process. Hoses are available for cleanup of the cleaning tops and knives.

The 20 X 30 steel storm shelter at Flag Island, one of the upper reservoir's most popular sandbars, was constructed late last fall, after first being suggested by the Upriver Advisory Committee.

A mix of fishermen, boaters, hunters and campers with a stake in the upper river area of Barnett Reservoir, the Upriver Advisory Committee is in its third year of working with PRVWSD board and staff. The alliance has been successful on several fronts, including new policies regarding camping and hunting, as well as addressing boating and safety issues.

For more information on the recreational opportunities at Barnett Reservoir, visit PRVWSD online at www.TheRez.ms.

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