Use of off-road vehicles around Lake Texoma and the damage they cause will be one of the topics of discussion at a “listening session” Saturday at the Enos Community Center, nine miles south of Kingston in Marshall County.
“Off-road vehicle use is tearing up the shoreline and destroying public lands,” said Col. Michael Teague, commander of the Tulsa District, in a news release.
“We need a clear policy that protects the land while accommodating all of our visitors.”
The meeting begins at 10 a.m.
“We are having the meeting at Texoma because it is a big issue there but it affects all of the lakes (managed by the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers),” said Mary Beth Hudson, public affairs specialist for the Tulsa District. “We are looking at it (policy) district wide.”
The Corps of Engineers will not recommend a proposed policy at the meeting in Enos, Hudson said.
Instead, officials will explain the problems and hope to get public input on what should be done about them, she said.
No other meetings are scheduled but Hudson thinks there will be more and at other Corps lakes.
“There are passionate people on all sides of the issue,” she said. “This is just the beginning steps… We have already been getting suggestions that we need to have more (meetings) scheduled. I would imagine this meeting would turn into other meetings.”
Golf carts also will be a topic of the Enos listening session.
“There are communities developing that are called like golf cart communities,” Hudson said. “The golf carts are not legal vehicles on state roads so that is part of the issue.”
Accomodating individuals with disabilities at Corps lakes also has been raised, she said.
The Tulsa District is not accepting public comments online at this time, but that might change in the future, Hudson said.
There is no timetable for when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to have a policy in place, Hudson said.