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  •  I've spent a lot of time on the White River. (7+ / 0-)

    I used to have place in Des Ark where I duck hunted for many years.  Every year in the Fall the White and Cache would come up and fill the bayous flooding thousands of acres of timber, attracting hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks. But, that has not happened now for close to ten years.  Yeah, some timber still floods and there are ducks but not nearly as many as there were and, now the ducks are mostly in flooded rice fields not the woods.  

    Locals blame it on the dams on the White.  For some years the area has been in a drought...  not like a seasonal drought but a larger pattern of drought.  I'm told that the all the water is held upstream now because it is needed to generate power.  There just isn't the surplus that there was.  When it starts to affect the rice farmers, which I think it will sometime soon then people might start hearing.

    I've never seen anything like this on the Grand Prairie.  The famous Claypool Resevoir photo which was taken not too far from Des Ark.  However, there were many mornings I used to come into openings in the flooded timber that held thousands of ducks over night and it would take a couple of minute for all of them to get off the water.

    I'll need some room for this...

    by duckhunter on Wed May 04, 2011 at 09:47:26 AM PDT

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    •  My word! (2+ / 0-)
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      That picture is amazing!! I've never seen any kind of critters so close together, and so many, before. I'm sure the dams affect the ecosystems in many ways, and they were already approved for flood control when locals here went to DC to push for hydropower as well.

      From what I've read and looking at the Corps' numbers, I think it's for flooding. Bull Shoals isn't generating now (I see from my window). Norfork isn't generating either, as its generators are being repaired. It's been releasing some water and flooding people, and it's still at flood level. The dam is full, the people downstream packed and ready to go.

      It's good to hear more about southern Arkansas. Happy hunting!

    •  Sounds bad down south. (2+ / 0-)
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      LONOKE, Ark. — Flooding rivers in east Arkansas grew higher Tuesday, with runoff from two days of heavy rain trying to drain to the east while water in the Mississippi River reached so great a volume that it pushed water backward into the Black and White rivers ....

      Meteorologist Sean Clarke of the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said rivers in the state's east are breaking records set before the state had a lock and dam system to control flooding an navigation ....

      Doyle Burnett, 61 of Des Arc, said he has noticed the increase in water levels from recent years on his farms.

      "It's never been this deep," he said, adding that his 500-acre farm in Woodruff County is about 18 feet under water.

      Burnett said the flooding and heavy rainfall is preventing him from being able to tend to his crops.

      "It's frustrating," he said. "We won't be able to get any rice for the remainder of the season on my Woodruff County farm because it's too flooded. And I haven't been able to do anything on my farm in Prairie County because of all the rain there."

      National Weather Service meteorologist Emilie Nipper said the backflow of water from the Mississippi River had reached as far as Newport [pivot point for Corps' dams on the White River, still eight feet above flood stage].

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      •  Yeah that's bad. You can already throw stones (1+ / 0-)
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        into the White River from the Des Ark courthouse steps.  The river might be up to them now.  I know Georgetown too.  It's alread pretty close to being an island when the river is in its banks.  Bootleggers loved the place.

        I'll need some room for this...

        by duckhunter on Wed May 04, 2011 at 12:39:00 PM PDT

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