One of the great benefits of this flood control project is that it reconnects our communities to the River in a way that is not currently possible. Today, public access is primarily blocked due to the levees and the only boat ramp in the area at Mayes Lake. From there, boating activities are greatly restricted due to the existing weir directly downstream. With this project, the public will be able to access the river on both the Hinds and Rankin county sides and enjoy multi-purpose trails, boat ramps, fishing, and other waterfront amenities throughout the project site. This project will open up the Pearl River for residents of this region and tourists alike to be able to enjoy.