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  Tuesday, March 20, 2018
March Meeting of the False River Watershed Council
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The next meeting of the False River Watershed Council will be held at 9:00 AM Friday March 23 in the Police jury's meeting room.


 

  Wednesday, January 31, 2018
February False River Watershed Council Meeting
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The next meeting of the False River Watershed Council has been scheduled for Wednesday February 21st @ 3:00 PM in the Police Jury meeting room.


 

  Wednesday, January 24, 2018
January Meeting of the False River Watershed Council
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The January Meeting of the False River Watershed Council will be held on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the meeting room of the Police Jury


 

  Tuesday, November 14, 2017
2017 Drawdown ends
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Excerpts from the October 28, 2017 article by Joe Macaluso in the Acadiana Advocate: 

"False River rains
Last weekend's heavy rains in the New Roads area forced state Wildlife and Fisheries managers to suspend the drawdown on False River this year.

The drawdown began right after Labor Day and was supposed to get to 5.5 feet below pool stage (16 feet) — the plan is to stabilize sediment and improve water quality — but heavy rains sent the level to 17.4 feet last week. The LDWF staff concluded that a 1.5-inch-per-day drawdown would not achieve the desired results by January.

The LDWF report indicated future drawdowns remain planned in the revitalization of the lake."

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  Wednesday, November 08, 2017
False River Watershed Council Meeting November 15th at 3:00 PM
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The next meeting of the False River Watershed Council will be held on November 15th at 3:00 PM in the Pointe Coupee police Jury meeting room.


 

  Tuesday, August 22, 2017
False River Watershed Council Meeting August 23rd at 3:00 PM
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The next meeting of the False River Watershed Council will be on Wednesday August 23rd at 3:00 PM in the Police Jury's meeting room

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  Thursday, June 29, 2017
False River Watershed Council Open House
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The False River Watershed Council will hold an Open House between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on July 12th, 2017 at the Cottonport Center downtown New Roads to discuss progress made and upcoming project related activities.


 

  Thursday, June 29, 2017
False River Watershed Council Meeting July 12th at 3:00 PM
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The False River Watershed Council will hold a meeting on July 12th, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the chambers of the Pointe Coupee police Jury

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  Thursday, April 27, 2017
False River Watershed Council Meeting
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The next False River Watershed Council meeting will be held that the Pointe Coupee Police Jury's office on Wednesday May 17 at 3 


 

  Tuesday, March 07, 2017
False River Watershed Council Meeting
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The next False River Watershed Council meeting will be held that the Pointe Coupee Police Jury's office on Wednesday March 8 at 3 PM.  FRWC AGENDA - March 2017.pdf


 

  Thursday, January 12, 2017
Drawdown 2016 - views of the Flats
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Pictures taken by Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries staff on the North and South Flats on December 1st, 2016

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  Thursday, January 12, 2017
Drawdown 2016 - Pictures of the South Island
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Pictures of the South Island taken on January 5, 2017

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  Thursday, January 12, 2017
Drawdown 2016 - Gates will be closed on January 15, 2017
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Updated water levels for 2016 are attached.

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  Thursday, January 12, 2017
Next False River Watershed Council Meeting
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The next meeting of the False River Watershed Council has tentatively been scheduled for March 8, 2017 at 3 PM in the Police Jury meeting room.


 

  Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Shoreline Protection Information Released
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An informational brochure designed to assist property and homeowners with ways to help control shoreline erosion as part of the False River Ecosystem Restoration Project has been made available.

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  Thursday, September 08, 2016
Drawdown delayed until September 13th
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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, have delayed a drawdown on False River, originally scheduled to begin on September 6, due to recent flooding in the area.
 

Project engineers indicate no adverse effects from the flooding are expected but advised a drawdown delay as a precautionary measure.  Barring significant rainfall, the drawdown is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 13.  The lake is expected to reach normal water level today (14.8’ NAVD, 16’ FRD).

 
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.  The slow dewatering is recommended to allow for proper drainage of shoreline areas. 
 
The drawdown is being used as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat. The drawdown structure is still scheduled to close on January 15, 2017, and the lake will be allowed to refill.
 
Property owners should take necessary action to secure or remove vessels, floating docks, and other items potentially impacted by the drawdown prior to its commencement.
 
The lake will remain open to fishing and other recreational use during the drawdown.  However, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2337.

 

  Thursday, August 11, 2016
LDWF Schedules Drawdown
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Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016, the lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.  The drawdown is scheduled to end on January 15, 2017.

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  Wednesday, July 20, 2016
2016-2017 Drawdown
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The Pointe Coupee Police Jury has approved a maximum of 6-foot drawdown to begin after Labor Day


 

  Wednesday, July 20, 2016
August 2nd Open-House
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The False River Watershed Council will be holding a informational Open-House at the Cottonport Community Center between 5:00 and 6:30 PM.


 

  Wednesday, September 16, 2015
September South Flats island Pictures
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Photographs taken on September 1, 2015

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  Wednesday, September 16, 2015
August South Flats Island Pictures
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Photographs taken August 13, 2015

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  Wednesday, September 16, 2015
July South Flats island Pictures
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Pictures taken July 8, 2015

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  Friday, June 19, 2015
June 11 Pictures
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The following pictures were taken of the ongoing activities near the South Flat Island on June 11, 2015

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  Friday, June 19, 2015
Follow the progress of the drawdown
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On Friday May 1, 2015 the water level was 15 ft NGVD29 (13.8 ft NAVD88)

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  Friday, May 01, 2015
April 30 Photographs
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Aerial photographs courtesy of RLB.  Photographs show the completed berm with armoring being placed to protect from wave erosion.

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  Monday, March 30, 2015
March 25-28, 2015 Pictures
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Pictures courtesy of RLB and PEC.

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  Tuesday, February 03, 2015
January 20, 2015 photographs
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Pictures courtesy of RLB Contracting, Inc.

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  Friday, January 16, 2015
Areal view of the containment berm being built on December 11, 2014
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Picture courtesy of RLB Contracting Inc.

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  Friday, December 12, 2014
South Flat Island Berm Construction Begins
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Picture taken on Dec. 11, 2014 of the first lift of sediment for the containment berm

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  Wednesday, December 10, 2014
South Flat Island Liner Placement
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Picture taken of the South Flat Island berm liner placement on 12/9/14.




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  Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Work begins on the South Flat island containment berm.
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RLB Contracting Inc. has begun work in the South Flats.  The contractor has been excavating a canal in front of Pecan Island to enable them to transport geofabric to the site of the future island.  The geofabric will be used as the foundation for the containment berm.

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  Thursday, August 21, 2014
False River Restoration Project Lake Water Level Drawdown begins September 2, 2014
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NEWS BRIEF  -  August 2014

  • As part of an ongoing action plan for False River water quality improvements, the Pointe Coupee Parish Policy Jury will begin a lake drawdown, reducing the water level by 2 to 2.5 feet, starting the day after Labor Day on September 2nd
  • False River water level will drop progressively for a three-week period until target level is reached
  • Construction of the South Flats Island and vegetative planting will begin following the drawdown to improve water quality and fisheries habitat
  • Property and Boat owners should take all necessary precautions to protect their properties – access to boats stored on the lake may be limited
  • Use this time for dock and pier repairs and cleanup while water is low
  • Control gates will close for the lake to refill – no later than March 1st - Refill of the lake will depend upon rainfall

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  Thursday, May 15, 2014
Jindal Highlights
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Jindal Highlights $2.7M False River Restoration Project read more ...