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Parts of the basin are becoming dead zones for fisherman

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As we enter fall, anglers could begin to have a harder time catching fish in the Atchafalaya basin.

This is because fall is the time of the year when Acadiana typically begins to dry out and water levels in the basin begin to drop. This year is no different as we have not seen any rain for more than two weeks.

With the water levels going down, the natural flow of water from north to south is being blocked by high spoil banks left behind when the older pipelines were installed back in the 1960s and 1970s.

These spoil banks prevent the flow of good water through the basin and allow bad, low oxygenated waters from backwater swamps to flow out into the open basin killing off the fish.

Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says he would like to see the government come in with barges to dredge out these spoil banks and open up the proper flow of water in the basin.

However, according to the Department of Nature Resources, they are having trouble finding the funding to dredge these spoils.

Besides the funding issues, the Department is also not getting cooperation from private landowners on the basin to remove the spoils. Fishermen could continue to see problems catching fish in the basin when water levels fall and the bad water mix with the good waters.

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