Winter drawdown ends today

Lake Hamilton, shown in a file photo, and Lake Catherine will take more than two weeks to completely refill after the winter drawdown ends today. (The Sentinel-Record/File photo)
Lake Hamilton, shown in a file photo, and Lake Catherine will take more than two weeks to completely refill after the winter drawdown ends today. (The Sentinel-Record/File photo)

Entergy Arkansas Inc. will start the refilling of area lakes today, the company said in its email alert for flow releases Thursday.

Lakes Hamilton and Catherine will take more than two weeks to completely refill, the email said, estimating the process to be complete on March 15.

"This week we will release approximately 450 CFS (cubic feet per second) from Remmel Dam for 24 hours each day to maintain minimum flow and lake refill levels," the email said, noting the flow rate could increase "for power generation and lake level management."

Lakes DeGray and Ouachita will both take "several months" to reach their normal summer pool levels.

"We will be refilling Lake DeGray over the next several months," the email said. "During this time we will maintain minimum flow from the dam. DeGray will release approximately 2,340 CFS for two (2) hours each day Friday, March 1 through Friday, March 8. More could be released on a non-scheduled basis for power generation and lake level management."

The email did not mention flow rates for Lake Ouachita.

A social media post from Entergy Arkansas earlier this week discouraged homeowners from burning in the lakebed.

"Please remember that it is unlawful to burn in the lakebed as well as dispose of any litter or yard waste into the lake," it said.

"Beyond legal issues, these practices concentrate excessive nutrients into the lake which can lead to an increase of aquatic vegetation. If you plan on burning yard waste, please be mindful and do so on your property and try to prevent stormwater runoff of the ashes from entering into the lakes. Better yet, haul it off or compost."

Upcoming Events