Re: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit
September 21, 2016 at 5:47am
The Ouachita Navigational Project did Catahoula no favors, but it is only the natural evolution that Catahoula was starting to die. The Woody encroachment was studied back in the 40's by Dewey Wills. Now it is only with man made intervention that will save it. The reason that the reserve does not hold the ducks is not because of its potential. The Lake must be completely dewatered at some point every year to allow the forage grass to grow mid lake. Without cover and forage, the ducks simple move on. For some reason or another the water management has not been optimal to provide for this for several years up until last year. Last year the lake was dewatered and had an excellent response on the grass. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans and flooded the lake just prior to the season opening. This year the Lake has once again been dewatered and a good response seen. We did lose some grass mid lake due to all the recent rains, but the USACE has been very proactive in making the necessary adjustments on the diversion canal locks to keep the damage minimal. Hopefully after conclusion of the Teal season, the Lake can be pulled off again and possible get some late response from the affected areas mid lake. Catahoula Lake is the main drawing card for waterfowl for a lot of the state. If Catahoula has ducks so does most of the surrounding areas. It is also a RAMSAR site which means it has been recognized on an International basis as an ecosystem of world importance. I don't know how much we can reclaim of what has been lost, but one thing is for sure, it wont happen if we quit fighting for this treasure. Hope you will reconsider.