Lake Bistineau to avoid early summer drawdown

Lake Bistineau to avoid early summer drawdown

Cold winter and high water level helped to kill giant salvinia blooms that triggered drawdown in 2013.
For years the onset of summer has been met with an amount of fear on Lake Bistineau. Gian salvinia blooms choking the water, crippling tourism and bringing drawdowns like the one during the summer of 2013. This year things are different.

"Right now we're encouraging everyone to come back, Lake Bistineau has had such a bad reputation for 4 or 5 years, it looks better than it's looked in a number of years, it reminds me of the Bistineau of old," says Bob Brotherton, who serves the lake as a member of the Bossier Parish Police Jury and Bistineau Task Force.

Brotherton credits an unusually cold winter and high water level for clearing the water of the salvinia that has plagued it for years. But he cautions it is only a matter of time until it returns.

"We know it's going to come back and it's going to come back with a vengeance," noting that blooms usually grow rapidly during the warmer months when there is more sunlight.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries tells members of the Bistineau Task Force that they are hopeful a drawdown can be avoided until the late summer or early fall. A drawdown will be needed when salvinia exceeds 1500 acres.

In addition to salvinia the lake is also fighting an infestation of alligator weed and duck weed.

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