February 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:56 p.m. CST
TURRELL, Ark. (AP) _ Rain isn't the only thing in short supply
at the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in northern Crittenden
Money is also scarce, and its lack has forced refuge managers to
quit pumping water into the 600-acre Wapanocca Lake. The pumping
began in December, to compensate for the lack of natural water.
Officials say the lake's water level is likely to enter the
summer a foot or two shy of what it needs to survive the season's
heat, he said.
The pumping was the latest effort to restore the refuge to its
former status as a good place to hike, hunt and fish. About 30
years ago, silt-laden waters began to choke the life from Wapanocca
Lake. Then it lost its main water source with the rerouting of Big
Creek and the area suffered contamination and other water losses.