Caddo Lake Institute
Caddo Lake Community Meeting
November 19, 2014

On November 19th, the Caddo Lake Clearinghouse* sponsored a community meeting at the Karnack Community Center. The Clearinghouse was established in 1999 as a forum for communication and collaboration on wetland management at Caddo Lake.  The Clearinghouse holds periodic meetings for the community to find out more about current issues of interest and concern. Over 50 people attended the November 2014 meeting.

See the meeting agenda here and the flyer here.

An article and interview about the meeting is here.

Meeting presentations:

Oil Spill in Caddo Parish, Tom Killeen, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Compliance - As much as 4500 barrels of crude oil spilled from a pipeline of Sunoco Logistics Mid Valley near and into Tete Bayou, just upstream of Caddo Lake in Mooringsport, Louisiana on October 13th. Initial reports indicated some wildlife killed and 4 miles of the bayou affected. There are mixed reports on whether the oil is reaching Caddo Lake. Tom Killeen and representatives of Sunoco provided an update on the spill and helped with a discussion of how local communities can assist with future spills.

New and Existing Invasives at Caddo Lake, Tim Bister, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Caddo Lake and other lakes in the area are now threatened by a new invasive plant, crested floating heart.  Tim Bister discussed the treatment program TPWD has begun, how to identify the plant and what people can do to help. 

He also provided his summary of conditions at Caddo Lake for oher invasive species.

  • PowerPoint presentation - "TPWD Caddo Lake Invasive Plant Update"

See also a Nov. 26th Marshall News-Messenger article on crested floating heart.

Weevil Rearing, Robert Speight - update on current conditions and treatments for giant salvinia and other aquatic invasive species in Caddo Lake.  

  • PowerPoint presentation - "Invasives Grass Roots Effort and Timeline"

National Wildlife Refuge, Jason Roesner, Refuge Manager - status of the transfer of Army land to the Refuge; what’s new at the Refuge.

Paddlefish Expriment, Rick Lowerre, Caddo Lake Institute - update on the success to date of the experimental release of paddlefish.

Cypress Basin Bioblitz, Rick Lowerre - recent intensive survey of fish, mussels, and other aquatic species in the Caddo Lake watershed.

World Wetlands Day 2015, Rick Lowerre - community meeting around the February 2nd World Wetlands Day.

1 The Clearinghouse is composed of the City of Uncertain, the Greater Caddo Lake Association of Texas, the Caddo Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Friends of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Caddo Lake Institute.

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