Beach project finalized

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Members of the Lake D’Arbonne Watershed District Commission met via teleconference last week. Commission President Jake Halley said the group finalized the process for the beach project at the spillway.

“The Farmerville side of the spillway now has a beach project that should get under way this week,” Halley said. “There will be some tree removal, grading the hill and adding sand. It will be a nice place to swim and relax on the lake.”

The beach area will be from the boat launch to the corner near the spillway.

Also discussed during the meeting was the boat launch area at Terral Island. Halley said that project is finished, having added new rock and getting it graded.

The lake level as of this writing is just above 81 feet. Pool stage is 80 feet and flood stage is 83. This group of commissioners has been proactive in opening the gates to keep the level manageable.

“There’s always some concern this time of year with the spring storm season,” Halley said. “Technology has made a big difference this year. Having access to more, accurate data creates the ability to be proactive.”

The commission relies on this data, mainly from the National Weather Service, to make decisions, sometimes days earlier than before, that keep property owners feeling like their property is safe.