Flood gate at Lake Ponchartrain to be opened today February 26, 2019
photo by Charles London
While we (Flood Protection Authority) have kept the water level in BSJ low the last few weeks to support the invasive species efforts, the water level is now too low and causing other issues. We need to add more water now, and must do it today since the Corps is opening the Bonnet Carre spillway tomorrow. If we wait, the spillway water in the lake will cause greater impacts to BSJ if we open the gate later in the week.
After consulting with John Lopez and LPBF, we have decided to open the gate halfway at 1pm today for approximately 2 hours to add an additional 1+ foot of water to the bayou. We are opening the gate vs using the valves because there is a large quantity of giant salvinia stacked up against the valves. LDWF has their boom on the inside of the gate which should help stopping any plants from getting too far in. We have also been coordinating with LDWF about spraying and the additional boom on the outside; I know they are working the issue but weather has hindered them and we cannot wait any longer.
Derek E. Boese Chief Administrative Officer Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East Email: email@example.com Office: 504-286-3100