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|Lake committee responds to criticism, petition|
Almost 300 area residents have signed a petition expressing concern over the low water stage of Lake Concordia and requesting that the condition of the weir be assessed.
Local fisherman and fishing writer Eddie Roberts, who is spearheading the petition, says the lake was intentionally "drawn down" in March and says the low water stage is having an adverse effect on the economy.
But members of the Lake Concordia Advisory Committee say there was no drawdown of the lake.
"When we took it over, the other advisory board had not been active," said current board member Ronnie Hendricks said. "What really hurt us is when Hurricane Gustav (2008) came through and dumped 11 inches of rain and Cocodrie backed up on us.
"The problem with the weir now is that it is leaking and we can't fool with it until the lake goes down. And we cannot control the weather. We ride out pontoon boats every day to check everybody's pier. We are completely at the mercy of the weather."
Board member Johnny Patrick says he and others were asked to serve on the board by the Police Jury in 2006. He said at that time the lake was three feet lower than it is today.
Also serving on the board are James King, William Hall and Joe Ardoin.
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