Aug 31, 2014 12:31 PM by AP
NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has chosen a Texas contracting company to conduct False River dredging projects and drawdown of the river will begin on Tuesday.
WBRZ-TV reports the police jury will oversee the drawdown which will take place over a three-week period with the water level being reduced by 1.5 inches per day until a target level is reached. According to engineering plans, False River will remain at this low level through March.
Once drawdown is complete, officials said last week RLB Contracting, Inc. of Port Lavaca, Texas, will perform hydraulic dredging and construction of a containment dike in the South Flats of the oxbow lake.
The first phase of the project to improve water quality in False River will cost the state an estimated $2.7 million.
Officials caution owners of property and boats on False River to protect their properties during the drawdown period. Boaters are advised to avoid shallow areas and use caution while traveling in the lake due to low water levels. Officials warned boat owners that access to boats stored on certain parts of the lake may be limited until the normal water level is restored.
Meanwhile, homeowners and camp residents are encouraged to use the low water levels to their advantage by taking the opportunity to clean the shoreline and do pier maintenance on their properties.
After the work is completed in March, False River's return to its normal depth will depend upon rainfall totals.