Volunteers needed!! Many have asked what you could do to help and here is your chance... Another man-made fish habitat project at Canton Lake will be June 29th at 7am. The CLA in conjunction with the Dept of Wildlife Fisheries Division will be installing more habitat like what is in the picture. We could use all the able bodied volunteers available. More details to follow as far as where to meet. Any interested parties should contact CLA President Jeff Converse via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider helping make our lake a better fishing lake by marking your calender and donating a few hours of time and effort. With plenty of help it shouldn't last more than a couple of hours. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Canton Lake Association, Corp of Engineers employees and some Woodward OK Businesses work together to extend another boat ramp at Canton Lake.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Once-flagging OKC water supply boosted by storms; lake drained to help metro now hurting
OKLAHOMA CITY — The ongoing drought prompted Oklahoma City officials in January to begin diverting billions of gallons of water from Canton Lake to Lake Hefner, replenishing the drinking water supply for about 1.2 million people in the metro area.Five months later, heavy rainfall that accompanied severe storms and tornadoes that pummeled the state in May have filled Lake Hefner to the brim, forcing officials to drain water from the lake to prevent it from overflowing. Meanwhile, about 100 miles northwest, Canton Lake remains 13 feet below its normal level, and officials who oversee its condition are concerned it may never recover.
"I think the lake is dying," said Jeff Converse, president of the Canton Lake Association. "The low water level is one thing, but now we've got an algae bloom going on. It's pea-green soup."
Converse said he saw dead fish last weekend and believes conditions in the lake will only get worse as the summer heats up.
Residents and merchants say they believe Oklahoma City acted hastily to drain Canton Lake — one of six water reservoirs it controls — of 30,000 acre-feet, or almost 9.8 billion gallons, of water before spring rains brought up Lake Hefner's low levels. An acre foot of water is an acre of surface area with a depth of one foot.
"If they would have waited we would all be in better shape," said Alan Cox, a member of the board of Canton Lake Association who operates a restaurant near the lake. "I think it wasn't a very smart decision on their part. I don't know why a month or two wouldn't have helped."
A spokeswoman for the city's water utility, Debbie Ragan, said officials decided to tap into Canton Lake based on forecasts that indicated serious consequences without additional water sources.
"Wish we had a crystal ball at the time? Yes," Ragan said. "We did what we thought was best at the time for our customers. We can't predict the weather. We can't predict the future. We can take some steps to be better prepared."
Greg Estep, chief of hydrology and hydraulics for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Tulsa District, said the Corps has voiced concern about what impact draining water from Canton Lake might have.
"We still have some concerns out there," Estep said. "They had to do what seemed best for their citizens."
Water released from Canton Lake flowed along the North Canadian River and was diverted into Lake Hefner, which received more than 20,000 acre-feet of water. The balance was soaked up by the riverbed.
Because of the heavy rainfall last month, Ragan said more than 23,000 acre-feet of water was released from Lake Hefner early this month into Lake Overholser and ultimately back into the North Canadian River.
"Those two lakes couldn't hold the water. They're full," she said.
Estep said the prospects for Canton Lake being replenished by rainfall are not good. The region normally gets about 20 inches of rain a year, but recent rainfall adds up to only about 12 inches a year.
"We need some rain," he said. "We need it to come down hard enough that it exceeds the amount that is soaking in."
Cox and other area merchants said the low level of Canton Lake is keeping away anglers, campers and others who use it for recreation.
"It's been pretty tough on all of us," Cox said. "We're about out of our rainy season. Who knows what the weather is going to bring. But it's not looking good."
Donnie Jenkins, who operates Canton Motel, said only six of the motel's 20 rooms were occupied for last month's Canton Lake Walleye Rodeo — the state's oldest and traditionally largest fishing tournament. Ordinarily, Jenkins said, the motel would be full.
"We had one guy who stayed that was a fisherman this weekend," Jenkins said Monday. "We're down 90 percent on weekends."
Jenkins said low lake levels are decimating the lake's fish population.
"We've lost lots and lots and lots of walleye," he said. "It might kill all the fish. It's a sad, sad deal."
Carol Gilchrist, operator of This and That gift shop, says the lake is also vital to the area's economic health.
"This town depends on the lake to get us through the winter," she said. "We have lost so many of the campers due to the lake situation. We're going to have to tighten our belts."
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Reservoirs like this one in Robert Lee, Texas, are subject to severe drought, risking water supplies -- but the Supreme Court ruled that invading neighboring states isn't the answer.
This is a victory for Canton lake as well as the entire state as this will leave more water in Southern Oklahoma lakes for OKC. which can help lessen the burden on our lake.
by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON -- With water, water virtually everywhere, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that thirsty Texas counties can't run a pipeline into Oklahoma for more drops to drink.
The decision, which upholds two lower court rulings, is a victory for states' rights over multistate water compacts that are common throughout the West. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the opinion for a unanimous court.
On one side of the dispute was Texas, accused of trying to divert water from Oklahoma under terms of a four-state compact that entitled each state to up to 25% of the water from a segment of the Red River. On the other was Oklahoma, asserting that Texas can get the water from within its borders or elsewhere.
The battle was being watched closely by other states with interstate compacts similar to the one the two states share with Arkansas and Louisiana. There are more than two dozen compacts nationwide, mostly in the West, and at least nine with similar provisions.
The battle is critical for nearly 2 million residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area who get water from the Tarrant Regional Water District. The fast-growing area needs far more water than it has; it warns that if it goes dry, other areas reliant on such compacts could as well.
Under the 35-year-old compact, each of the four states is entitled to no more than 25% of the water. The dispute was over where they could go to get it. Because the main stem of the river is salty, tributaries such as the one in Oklahoma that enticed Texas are considered preferable.
The Lone Star State had lost in both lower federal courts, which ruled that Oklahoma can bar such water invasions. Texas contended that the four-state compact, approved by Congress, should trump state laws, and the U.S. Department of Justice agreed.
During oral argument in April, Lisa Blatt, the attorney representing Oklahoma, said Texas' claim was unprecedented. If granted, she said it would produce "open season for Oklahoma water" and lead to a situation in which "every state could have crisscrossing pipelines into every state."
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