An unprecedented year for the Bonnet Carre Spillway as the lake begins the recovery process

Dr. John Lopez: We should expect to see more openings in general

July 23, 2019 - 9:00 am

Now that bays are closing on the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the lake can begin the process of recovery.  Dr. John Lopez with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation says this will take some time but he's confident the lake will recover. 

"The lake has some natural potential to recover, in fact, I would say a lot," Lopez said.  "There are the clams that are filtering the lake water, 24-7, There are large schools of mullets that are out in the lake, and they eat the algae.  The system has the potential to recover and especially once they close the spillway completely, that will accelerate but we will have some potential for (algae) blooms for another month." 

Fishing should be much better by the fishing season in the fall.  

Lopez does think that we will see the spillway opening with more frequency in the future.  

"Not saying that there will be two spillway openings every year but I think we should expect to see more openings in general," Lopez noted. 

No doubt this year, Lopez said with the floods, and the opening of the spillway twice, this was an unprecedented year.  

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