duckhunter60 wrote:Then why bring the lake to 27.42 three days before teal season.
duckhunter60 wrote:The state such have put the word out that the lake was going to be at 27.0. Alot of hard work for nothing. Also from the ditch at nebo to the mouth of little river you can kick dust under
any woody area that the state would wont to work on and its the same on alot of the other side of the lake.Just my opion
but something smell's fishey. The state sould have waited for teal season to end before drawing down the lake to 27.0.
duckhunter60 wrote:Why in the world would water be taken off the lake starting three days before teal and still falling during teal season.
The water level was at 27.42 on 9/10/13 and now as of 7:00 pm 9/15/13 it is 27.13 and still falling. I'm 52 years old and its hard work to walk 150 yards in the mud with brush on your shoulder to build a teal blind then carry decoys to it only to have the water sucked off the lake at teal season. Please respond Lreynolds if you would happen to know. NO WATER EQUALS NO TEAL.
Quack-Attack19 wrote:or at least get back to spot and retrieve their stuff.
There is a lot more work that goes into to it than people think and its disappointing when the water level isn't where it should be.
Toledo wrote:Wy would they leave stuff out on a public lake and expect to be able to go back and get it?
Park Duck wrote:How about you do all that bs a month before teal season then keep it at 27.5 during teal season. Larry you had a lot of locals cussing you Sunday. Hell I even heard it was you and Obama conspiring to keep "us" from shooting teal because of the limit increase. July/ August keep the gate wide open let it get dry, do whatever you need to do.
Lreynolds wrote:As I said above, the Corps adheres to the Tri-Party Agreement which has boundaries on flow, water-levels, and timing; we don't have unlimited control. We must keep the water between 27.0 and 27.5 during the drawdown phase. Any level between those is "proper".
Lreynolds wrote:From the 1969 Tri-Party agreement:
The lake bed shall be slowly dewatered no earlier than July 1, nor later than August 1 or each year, holding the water level between 27.0 and 27.5 feet m.s.l. so as to maintain a minimum pool of approximately 5,000 acres in the late summer.
The agreement was amended in 1977 to allow for earlier drawdown, and the amendment included:
Summer drawdown of water levels will permit germination and growth of wild millet, chufa, and other important waterfowl food plants on exposed shoreline mud-flats. Caution should be exercised in preventing water stages to exceed 27.5 during prescribed summer period since this would drown out the year's waterfowl food supply. Also, every effort should be made to prevent water levels from going below 27.0 during summer drawdown period. To do so would cause the loss of the 5,000 acre conservation pool and the important aquatic waterfowl food plants growing there.
After seeing that earlier drawdowns increased the germination and growth of encroaching willow, water-elm, and swamp-privet, the agreement was amended again in 1980 back to the original dates.
When the lake was nominated/approved as a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance for migratory birds, the summer drawdown and "conservation pool" were noted as critical habitat provisions for migrating shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent birds during a normally dry time period. Indeed, our shorebird surveys on Catahoula Lake the past 2 years have documented large proportions of MAV population estimates using that habitat. I don't know that shorebirds and other wetland-dependent birds were important considerations in 1969, but they are now.
Toledo wrote:Thanks for the info Larry. Could enough water be kept on the elm and privet between the months of February 1st and July 1st to kill it without effecting the duck season water levels or summer duck feed growing season?
Toledo wrote:Also, what is an acceptable amount of woody vegetation? A certain amount of it seems to provide good roosting and resting areas. The birds also seem to find their way in to feed on the pockets of feed in the trees. Ive only hunted it in recent years but I don't really see the current woody vegetation as a problem just based off of what I have seen the birds do.
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