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Lake Archusa officials try to increase fish population

By Staff
LOADING THE BARGE Timothy Rouse, left, Jimmy Williams and Michael Knotts place lime onto a barge Monday at Archusa Creek Water Park. Rouse, Williams and Knotts later poured the lime into the lake; officials say the move eventually will increase the number of fish in the lake. Photo by Anna Wright/The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
June 17, 2003
QUITMAN Workers began pouring lime into the lake at the Archusa Creek Water Park on Monday, a move expected to eventually increase the quantity of bass and bream.
Stone Barefield Jr., water park superintendent, said a total of 377 tons of lime will be poured into the 450-acre lake by the end of the day Wednesday. The lake is part of the Pat Harrison Waterway District.
Lime is calcium oxide, a white powder substance obtained from limestone. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality recommended about 1.25 tons of lime per acre, based on soil samples from the lake.
Workers with the Archusa Creek Water Park, the Pat Harrison Waterway District and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries &Parks put the lime in the lake using small Wildlife Fisheries &Parks barges.
A pile of lime was placed by conveyor belt on the deck of the barges. Workers then washed the lime off the deck of the barge at a steady pace with hoses attached to pumps on the barge.
He added that the lake's plant life will increase, which will lead to more food for fish and then more fish. The lake and water park are still in full use while the lime is being placed in the water.
Barefield, who has served as water park superintendent since 1989, said he could not discuss a leak in the dam at the water park because that issue in litigation.
The Pat Harrison Waterway District filed suit nearly two years ago claiming negligence by Engineering Plus of Meridian and Mid-South Construction Inc. based on work they did to repair the dam in December 2000.
Terrell Temple, owner of Engineering Plus, said Monday there is still minor seepage in the dam.
Another project in the works at the water park is a paving operation in which a road at one of the campgrounds is being black-topped by Dunn Road Builders of Quitman.
Liming process: Replenishes soil with calcium from ground limestone, chalk, shells or hydrated lime.
The result: Lime neutralizes soil acidity, which improves its texture and increases activity of microorganisms.
Past use: Liming was recognized in ancient Rome, and common in medieval France and England. About 17 million tons are sold annually in the United States.