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Petition seeks reinstatement of Corps campground agreements

(Sept. 27, 2013) -- The Augusta Chronicle reports that a petition drive was launched this week to restore an Army Corps of Engineers program that allowed non-profit groups to manage campgrounds at Thurmond Lake and other sites nationwide.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Augusta Chronicle reports that a petition drive was launched this week to restore an Army Corps of Engineers program that allowed non-profit groups to manage campgrounds at Thurmond Lake and other sites nationwide.

“Within the first 24 hours alone we have received approximately 2,000 signed letters of support,” said Clay Turner, whose company, Lake Thur­mond Camp­grounds, was awarded a five-year contract last March to manage the Peters­burg, Ridge Road, Modoc, Raysville and Win­field campgrounds.

The cooperative agreement was terminated earlier this month after a legal review at corps’ headquarters concluded the programs were illegal because they allowed non-profits to keep and reinvest revenue back into the parks that generated them, says The Augusta Chronicle.

According to the petitions, proponents hope an amendment to authorize such agreements can be attached to the Water Resources and Reform Development Act.

For the complete story from The Augusta Chronicle, click here.

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