Cleaning up Lake Texoma

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

MEAD, Okla. -- It may be a relaxing holiday weekend for many of us, but some people in Oklahoma were outside, working hard to make sure everything is ready to go out at the lake for the summer.

It was a group effort for the Army Corps of Engineers, the Durant Chamber of Commerce, and over 150 volunteers. They got an early start and worked all day to get ready for the tourists at Lakeside Campgrounds in Mead.

Help came from all directions for Saturday's massive clean-up day and they arrived just in time for the end of spring break and the upcoming summer months.

"Every piece of electrical equipment pretty much had to be replaced. There are also a lot of dead trees that had to be removed, and anytime you've got water over your campsites you're going to have a lot of saltation that settles on the campsites, all that had to be cleaned up," said Army Corps spokesperson Cindy Buchanon.

Volunteers filled the lakeside campgrounds, cleaning, painting and repairing the damage. But volunteers say they're happy to help.

“Well it makes us feel great because we want to contribute, we want to be a part, we're part of the community," said Douglas Lett.

Everyone's goal is to get the campsite ready for tourists by April 1, when the season starts to get busy.

"Over 100 thousand people a year use this place and last year they had zero, and that had an impact in terms of revenue, in terms of involvement and recreation," said Lett.

A spokesperson for the Army Corps of Engineers says without the help of the close to 150 volunteers, the left over damage would've prevented, or at least delayed, opening the campsites.

"They've been able to come in and the bulk of our campsites are actually located in this area, and so they've made the park functional again with the help they've provided," said Buchanon.

An Army Corp of Engineers spokesperson says the campsites are expected to open on time, but say to be patient because there will only be one shower and restroom facility open instead of two.

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  • by J. Location: TX on Mar 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    Party! North Island (by Highport) see you there! Happy Summer Everyone
  • by TX Location: Texas on Mar 24, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    Thanks to all volunteers for such wonderful work. To bad we cant teach "children" such as the ones that go to the islands by Highport not to liter to begin with. Good Job!!
  • by me Location: Texoma on Mar 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    Which park are you talking about?
  • by Citizen Location: Marshall County on Mar 23, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    I wonder why there will only be 1 shower/restroom facility open instead of two? Typical govt deal......1 year later and scrambling to rely on the people to make things work at all......
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