ARKADELPHIA (AGFC) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District is taking advantage of low water levels to remove tires from DeGray Lake. Tire removal began the first week of December and will last through Friday. Park rangers and volunteers have collected about 1,280 tires.
These old tires were being used as stops along the shoreline to protect boat hulls from rocks and other obstructions. DeGray Lake personnel have removed more than 1,700 tires from the lake in the last few decades.
Tires are considered to be hazardous waste and must be transported to a waste management facility. Each tire must be washed and free of mud and debris to be properly loaded and transported for proper disposal. The Corps is working with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to properly transport and dispose of the tires.
For more information, contact Renea Guin at DeGray Lake, 729 Channel Road in Arkadelphia or call 870-246-5501, ext. 4010.