LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Black Bayou Lake

Release Date: 04/02/2012

(Apr.2, 2012) -The water control structure on Black Bayou Lake in Caddo Parish will be opened on June 1, 2012 to conduct a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered at a rate of 3 to 4 inches per day until it reaches a target level of five feet below pool stage.  The control structure will be closed after a 90-day period to allow for refill.    

Sportsmen and property owners have endured severe problems with aquatic vegetation on Black Bayou Lake for several years.  Hydrilla remains the greatest concern, at times covering up to 90 percent of the lake. 

An integrated management plan has been developed to address the problem.  Other control measures will include herbicide applications during the drawdown period to treat stranded pockets of aquatic vegetation and introduction of triploid grass carp during the winter of 2012/13.

While the action will allow for shoreline maintenance, property owners are advised that timely action is necessary due to the abbreviated drawdown period. 

This action is a cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Black Bayou Watershed Commission.  For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, at ethames@wlf.la.govor (318)371-5216.

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For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.