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Jan 14, 2010 12:46 PM

Continued heavy rains cancel lake drawdown

MONROE, La. (AP) Continued heavy rains through the fall and winter canceled the annual draining of Cheniere Lake to create better spawning areas for fish and to control salvinia, an invasive weed.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Ouachita Parish Police jury usually make the drawdown after Labor Day weekend, but were delayed because of high water from continuous rain over most of the fall.

Public works crews on boats must hook chains to the timbers that keep water in the lake in western Ouachita Parish. When water is high, that's just too dangerous.

Police Juror Mack Calhoun says the lake will be drained later this year.

The lake is usually drained annually to let mats of tupelo gum leaves decompose, exposing the sandy bottom for fish spawning.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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