August 6, 2018 – Update
The Henderson Lake drawdown continues without any significant issues. Over the weekend, the gates at the control structure were closed slightly to reduce the flow rate. As of 7:30 a.m., the water level at Lake Pelba was 7.02 feet.
Also, there have been no reports of any consequential biological effects of the drawdown, indicating that the operational plan is effective.
August 2, 2018 – Update
The Henderson Lake drawdown was jointly reviewed this morning by Parish officials, Parish engineers, and the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The drawdown is proceeding on schedule and without any issues. If no significant rain event occurs in the watershed, the drawdown may be completed sooner than expected.
Our community is reminded that this drawdown is a multi-year project which has been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The existence of, and the dire need to control, invasive vegetation have been confirmed by biologists with the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
August 1, 2018
The 2018 drawdown of Henderson Lake commenced this morning. Two to four inches will be released until the water level at Lake Pelba reaches seven feet. The water levels will be continually monitored with daily reports being transmitted to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
The purpose of the drawdown is to control severe problems with vegetation, especially Hydrilla, Water Hyacinth, and Giant Salvinia. These growths rob the water of valuable, essential nutrients which support fisheries. Additionally, the aforementioned vegetation impedes navigation.
The public is warned that public access to the control structure grounds is prohibited.