Landowners encouraged to stop irrigating around AGFC-owned lakes
By Ronnie Weston| July 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM CDT - Updated June 27 at 10:22 AM
LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Due to the exceptionally hot and dry weather conditions this year, most Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lakes are experiencing lower than normal water levels. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's U. S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, the drought conditions in Arkansas are predicted to persist or intensify at least through August.
According to the AGFC's Policies On Land Use Around Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Lakes, lakefront property owners may pump water out of AGFC-owned lakes for lawn or garden irrigation needs. However, according to Section 4.6 of the policy, water withdrawal for irrigation is prohibited when the lake elevation reaches 1.0 foot below normal lake elevations.
The purpose of the regulation is to reduce the rate at which the lake's water levels recede during dry years and low water conditions, to help protect the integrity of the lake's fish populations and to maintain suitable public access for boaters, fishermen and landowners with piers, boathouses and boat slides around AGFC owned lakes.
The AGFC wants to bring this regulation to the public's attention and ask adjacent landowners around AGFC-owned lakes to please stop irrigating from the lakes in order to help minimize the drought's effect on water levels. If you have questions regarding irrigating from AGFC-owned lakes, contact the local District Fisheries Biologist, Lake Manager or Wildlife Officer. Also, you can call the Little Rock Office at 800-364-4263.
The following is a list of lakes regulated under the Land Use Policy: