January 21, 2014 at 11:07am
It takes a little imagination to run that diversion for optimal results in both fishing and saltwater intrusion. This would bring the fishing back in the area south of the diversion, as well as more waterfowl. I went to the meeting for the diversion in Dec. for the first time, and was glad to see a number of people from the area attend. There are a number of folks on that committee that are interested in doing the right thing...but I saw firsthand the limitations the Corp of Engineers place on the entire process of letting water through it with their rep. and lawyers. This is a Gov. agency paid for with our tax dollars, and we need to hold their feet to the fire, not the other way around. I think the diversion should be run hard now, while the river is up, and then slowed or cut off for a brief period in April when the temps. are up and the grass is wanting to grow everywhere. The water will clear in a couple weeks and when the grass comes up, they could start a flow again. I may not be totally correct on this, but I feel they have to try different deals to see what is optimum. The first year they can it and the grass came up in the lake, they ran it off and on due to some issues they were having with the diversion, and I believe they had a good set up for optimum grass growth and saltwater intrusion into the area.