- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - In a Jan. 19 story about the cleanup of squatter’s camps at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jackson city crews were doing the cleanup. The work is being done by reservoir crews. Also, the story reported the reservoir had adopted new rules on camping. There are proposals now under study, but they haven’t yet become rules.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Reservoir removing squatters’ camps along Pearl

112 tons of carpet, tents, outhouses, buildings &c; removed from illegal camps above reservoir

JACKSON, Miss. - Crews from the Ross Barnett Reservoir with heavy machinery and barges have been hauling off squatters’ camps set up on the Pearl River.

They moved carpet, lumber, tents, barbecues and outhouses, the reservoir’s general manager, John Sigman, told The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1jfCPgc ).

“To date, we’ve removed 112 tons of material,” he said.

Sigman said the camps both made the incorrect impression that they were on reserved areas and brought complaints that they were eyesores.

“We’ve had this problem with squatters over the years,” Sigman said. “This is public property that should be open to all, but some have staked their claim.”

The Reservoir Parks Policy Committee is looking at proposed rules to limit the number of consecutive days people can camp along the river, ban permanent camps and require campers to take out everything they brought with them.

Before they’re official they need public comment, including public meetings over the next several months.

But Sigman asked campers to abide by the proposal now.

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