Question: When will the remediation be finished?
Response: Removal actions for dive Munition Response Sites (MRSs) was initiated in 2019 and are anticipated to be complete by late 2024. Removals in three MRS (WRA-C, WRA-D, and ERA-B) are scheduled to occur in approximately 2025 through 2026. Four other MRSs remain to be investigated and remediated, including Pat Mayse Lake, itself. The timing for this investigation work has not yet been determined. The reports hosted here, and maintained at the Paris Public Library describe the current status of each MRS area. However, even after remediation of highly-used areas is complete, there is a potential for ordnance to remain in natural areas. Learning and following the “3Rs” is important to protect visitor and resident safety.
Question: What if Pat Mayse Lake recedes during a drought and exposes more land around the lake near the shorelines? Are there plans to go conduct additional removals?
Response: If the Lake recedes during the course of an ongoing removal project, USACE will include the additionally exposed land to the effort. If no removal project is ongoing at the time, USACE will continue to protect the safety of Lake visitors by promoting the 3Rs.
Question: What actions do recreational users of the Pat Mayse Lake area need to take to remain safe?
Response: Following the clean up of frequently used areas within WRA-C, WRA-D, ERA-A, ERA-B, ERA-C, and GRA MRSs, which include the Pat Mayse Wildlife Management Area and Pat Mayse Lake campgrounds, and Pat Mayse Lake public hunting areas, MEC risks are expected to be greatly reduced. While recreational users utilizing the frequently used areas may enjoy these areas with confidence, USACE encourages all Pat Mayse Lake visitors to become familiar with the 3Rs: Recognize (be able to recognize potential ordnance), Retreat (leave the area the same way you went in) and Report (call 911 and report the potential ordnance found). Similarly, homeowners in the MRSs which now comprise residential property should familiarize themselves with the 3Rs. More information on the 3Rs can be found at www.denix.osd.mil/uxo/
In addition, recreational users and facility workers at Pat Mayse Lake should remember:
1. If you didn’t drop it, don’t pick it up!
2. To the extent possible, stay on established trails or in developed recreational areas.
3. Do not disturb soils by cutting new trails, rutting the ground with equipment, or installing site improvements.
4. Do not engage in magnetic fishing in the Lake or along its shores.
5. Do not engage in metal detecting in any Pat Mayse Lake area managed by USACE or Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Also remember, that while it may be tempting to remove artifacts from the lands of the former Camp Maxey, taking “souvenirs” from the former camp area can be deadly. All artifacts should be left where found and emergency responders (911) should be contacted to report the find.
Question: My property is within the former Camp Maxey installation boundary but outside of the established MRS areas. Do I need to be concerned about potential ordnance on my property?
Response: The MRSs identified during the RI are the areas considered to potentially contain the highest concentration of unexploded ordnance. These determinations were made based on historic maps and records of former Camp Maxey operations and the results of field investigations. However, given that records of activities from the 1940s may be incomplete, it is considered reasonably possible that any property within the historic installation boundary may contain munitions and explosives of concern. Property owners, tenants, and site workers in these areas should familiarize themselves with the 3Rs. If a suspected ordnance item is identified, emergency responders (911) should be called to the site for further response.