Lake Bistineau Task Force to meet Thursday

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The Bistineau Task Force will meet to discuss several issues at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting, usually held at the Webster Parish Courthouse, has been moved to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Annex in Ringgold, located at 2145 Mills St.

On the agenda includes updates on police jury resolutions, the duck blinds and decoys, boat launch improvements and channel markers for Lake Bistineau.

Webster Parish Police Juror Steve Ramsey says they will discuss the ongoing project at Port-O-Bistineau with regards to the renovation to the public boat launch.

“We got money through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to redo the boat launch and extend it,” he said. “All we lack is the boat ramp, so when the water is drawn down, they’ll come in and finish it up. We’re extending it so that when the water is at its lowest level, they’ll still be able to launch a boat there.”
This project has been ongoing for about three or four years, he says, and after several delays, renovations began last year. It should be complete by the end of this year, he said.

Ramsey says they will be looking into how to fund channel markers for the main channel of the lake, whether it be through fundraisers or through public funds. He says so many people get turned around on the lake, and the channel markers are a huge need.

“People come to the lake and they can’t tell where they are because there are no channel markers,” he said. “We’re just going to talk about it and see what we can do to get some channel markers up. It was done many years ago, and some of them have fallen down, some were taken down, and different things have happened to them.”

He says the goal is to get enough markers to chart the channel from where it opens up between Sibley and Doyline all the way to the dam.
LDWF Biologist Manager for Region 1 Jeff Sibley will also be on hand to talk about giant salvinia estimates and the drawdown.

They will also hear audience comments, comments from BTF members and others.

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