Arkansas Lake and River Levels at Lowest in Decades

MARCH 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The U.S. Geological Survey says most of the lakes and rivers in Arkansas have reached their lowest levels in decades, even with recent rains.  That raises concerns about water supplies for towns and industries as well as agriculture, hunting and fishing.

Officials said last week that low levels will probably persist for some time.

Jaysson Funkhouser of the U.S. Geological Survey says the White River above Beaver Lake hasn't been this low since 1964.  And at the Mulberry River near Ozark, the last few months have been rough for Brad Wimberly, who owns and operates Thunder Bend, which rents canoes and cabins for people who want to float the river.

He says that for nine months, they were a canoe rental business without water.

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