False River drawdown aimed at restoring lake’s health

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pierre Lemoine holds onto his son Jacques-Pierre Lemoine, 4, while the family dog, Marley, a five-year old golden retriever-lab mix leaps from the dock after a stick on False River in New Roads, Sunday, August 31. The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury will begin a lake drawdown for False River on September 2, after Labor Day, which state and local officials are doing to improve the lakeÕs water quality. False RiverÕs water level will drop progressively for a three-week period, from approximately 16.5 feet to about 13.5 feet.

After more than 20 years of talking about it — a discussion that has often polarized Pointe Coupee residents — state and local authorities are taking their biggest step yet in trying to restore False River by instituting a man-induced drawdown of the ailing oxbow lake. State officials have given the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury… Continue reading →

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