(Oct. 2, 2014) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to announce that construction of the new Cross Bayou Weir, located in the Larto-Saline Complex, is complete. The water control structure is now closed, allowing the lake to refill and return to pool stage with adequate rainfall.
Repeated blowouts of the original weir during flooding events, followed by emergency repairs made it necessary to move forward with the construction of a much more substantial structure.
The weir was originally constructed in 1987 as a measure to restore water flow from the Black River. The hydrology of the Larto-Saline Complex was seriously impaired by a series of Army Corps of Engineers projects. Installation of the weir was instrumental in the restoration of the complex, and as a result, one of the most productive crappie fisheries in Louisiana was returned to recreational anglers.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
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