Drawdown begins on False River, aims to improve wildlife
POINTE COUPEE - False River is lower today as the first-ever, man-induced drawdown begins on the oxbow lake.
It's part of a plan to rehabilitate the area. State and local leaders are lowering the water so contractors can pump out waste and unwanted sediment. It should result in much better fishing in what was once a favorite spot for anglers.
"The ecosystem is really going to be amazing in about two or three years with what we're trying to do today," said Jim Major who is the owner of local boat launch, Jim's Place.
Residents will also have the chance to make repairs and clean-up property that would normally be underwater.
"Cleaning up the areas, pulling debris out the lake," Major said. "Everybody is really pumped up about their repairs that they can do."
"With the water out of there, it's a lot easier to get to your piers and access your bracing underneath," said Kyle Olinde of Pointe Coupee Police Jury District 5. "You don't have to physically work in the water."
People living in Pointe Coupee say this downdraw should have happened years ago and blame politics for keeping the lake unhealthy for so long.
"Wildlife and Fisheries warned Pointe Coupee about the consequences of putting so much silt in the river," said local resident, Keith Robilard. "And exactly what they predicted happened. Maybe this will be the first step to listen to what they say."
Boaters are urged to take caution on the lake until it returns to its normal depth in March of next year.