Federal Government Shutdown to Affect Carlyle, Rend Lakes, Marion County Farm Service AgencyThe federal government shutdown is effecting recreational opportunities at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer facilities at Carlyle and Rend Lakes. It has also shut down the Marion County Farm Agency office as well as most services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
An official at Carlyle Lake says all recreational facilities are being closed, including the boat ramps, campgrounds, restrooms and other public facilities. Those already at the Corps campgrounds are being given until eight Wednesday night to vacate. Most roads to lake facilities will also be closed, but the main road that runs in front of the Dam West Access beach and the Corps office will remain open.
State recreation facilities on both Carlyle and Rend Lake remain open, including Eldon Hazlette State Park and the Fish and Wildlife area on the north end of Carlyle Lake. Any special programs at Corps lakes are also cancelled.
An estimated two dozen workers at both Carlyle and Rend Lake are being sent home without pay until a budget is passed by Congress and signed by the President.
Meanwhile, the eight employees of the Farm Service Agency in Salem have been placed on leave without pay and the office on East Main Street closed. Branch Manager Daryl Hargrave says there are no immediate filing deadlines that will impact farmers and landowners. He notes the agency has had fewer programs to administer because Congress has also failed to approve a new farm bill. The U.S.D.A has also shut down its website detailing its programs with only a link to information about the impact of the federal government shutdown.
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