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Rebar in the reservoir causing concern for those on the water

Since the reservoir was created, people have been using rebar to mark spots in the water. Source: WLBT Since the reservoir was created, people have been using rebar to mark spots in the water. Source: WLBT
The danger is that these pieces of metal sticking out of the water are often hard to see with the naked eye. Source: WLBT The danger is that these pieces of metal sticking out of the water are often hard to see with the naked eye. Source: WLBT
They can cause bodily harm if you are being pulled across the water and strike it. They can also cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to a boat. Source: WLBT They can cause bodily harm if you are being pulled across the water and strike it. They can also cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to a boat. Source: WLBT
Rodney Barbour lives on the Rankin side of the reservoir and said he had a close call a couple weeks ago. Source: WLBT Rodney Barbour lives on the Rankin side of the reservoir and said he had a close call a couple weeks ago. Source: WLBT
ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR, MS (WLBT) -

The Ross Barnett Reservoir is a destination for many people during the warm months, but there is now a concern that some people recreating in the water are creating dangers for others by placing metal markers into the ground.

Since the reservoir was created, people have been using rebar to mark spots in the water. 

In most cases it's used to mark fishing holes.

The danger is that these pieces of metal sticking out of the water are often hard to see with the naked eye.

They can cause bodily harm if you are being pulled across the water and strike it.

They can also cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage to a boat.

Even more concerning is some of the metal is below the surface of the water and can't be seen it all.

There are regulations banning the placement of rebar in the reservoir and fines for anyone caught doing it.

Rodney Barbour lives on the Rankin side of the reservoir and said he had a close call a couple weeks ago.

He was pulling his granddaughter on an inner tube when she came within just inches of a piece of rebar barely sticking out of the water.

Barbour often marks rebar when he finds it and calls reservoir managers to remove it.

"To me, it's a very severe public safety hazard -- not only property, but public safety," said Barbour. "I don't think we should wait until a child is mutilated or killed before something is done." 

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District says they are proactive and pull out rebar whenever they see it.

They've taken thousands of pounds of the stuff out of the water over the years.

They also respond to calls where it's found and remove it.

They ask citizens to mark spots on their GPS and report it to them.  

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