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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Spillway Gates Will Not Open!!!

Local news stations have been broadcasting that the Lake Bridgeport spillway gates are about to be open. I just talked to Lake Supervisor, Richard Ellis, and he said that there is no intention to open the gates even if the lake goes 6 feet over conservation level (836 feet). He said that Eagle Mountain Lake already has too much water. Ellis said that that WBAP is supposed to put a crawler on the news announcing that the gates WILL NOT be opened.

No Clean Up Until Logs Reach Gates!

One of our residents talked to Richard Ellis today about the erosion and asked this . . . “I would think that the developers would be responsible for not only cleaning up their mess ( the logs etc.) but also for any damage this flotsam may have caused, and take immediate action to prevent any more problems. Isn't it one of the functions of the Water Board to not only prevent this sort of thing, but also to fix, on a timely basis, a lake problem such as this?”

Richard Ellis told him that he doesn’t believe that most of the erosion is caused by the new development, but he would know more when he is able to get out on the water and see for himself. He also said that the water board isn't allowed to do cleanup until it reaches the gates or the spillway.

Great link showing current elevations of Lake Bridgeport at several intervals throughout each day
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?dd_cd=05&format=html&period=7&site_no=08043000

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Lake Rising Fast

The official lake elevation as of Tuesday was 827.08 feet. Conservation level is 836 feet. My rain gage shows that we received another 3 inches of rain from Tuesday morning until this morning (at the time of this posting). Wise County is under flash flood warnings and we are expecting to have continuous rains throughout the day. If the rains continue, most likely the lake will rise to conservation level or above much quicker than expected. So anyone needing to move docks or ramps should do so ASAP.

Please look at the latest lake photos taken yesterday posted below.

Dredging and Clearing is Linked to Erosion

If photos don’t tell enough of a story, then all you have to do is a Google search to discover that many strems and lakes are suffering the effects of new subdivision clearing and dredging. According to one of our residents, last week the new developer, Mr. John Femrite, had his crew clearing much brush and trees and burning them. The effects of the burning damaged other trees. Add this to the dredging done over the last few months and we have a recipe for a Lake Disaster.

Read the following accounts . . .

“One hundred and fifty acres of timber is cleared to make way for a new subdivision. Without a retention pond or adequate soil erosion control, heavy rainfall overwhelms the barren watershed. Soil flows into the nameless creek until it reaches its destination-the best fishing hole for miles. The rocky pool is silted in and water willow is smothered. Once again, the Meramec River feels the sting of progress in its watershed.”
Source: “Good Fishing Follows Good Habitat” at http://www.smallmouth.org/MissouriHabitat.html

“Erosion is a natural process, but can be sped up by clearing land for development and agriculture. A typical construction site can erode at a rate up to 100,000 tons per square mile per year, and can damage up to three miles of waterway below the site. In contrast, forest land erodes at rates up to 50 tons per square mile per year, and agricultural crop land erodes up to 500 tons per square mile per year. . . The act of dredging, especially if heavy equipment is used, can destroy stream bank or wetland vegetation, altering and removing habitat and the filtering properties of the area. Dredging can also cause the destruction of river bottom habitat for many species. . .”
Source:: “Sediment and Your River” at http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/river/rivsediment.htm

Please look at the latest lake photos taken yesterday posted below.

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