One of the biggest changes in our new FERC License is how Entergy releases
water from Remmel Dam into the Ouachita River. Under the FERC license, Entergy
releases a minimum of 200 to 400 CFS continuously.
The monthly flow requirements are:
January & February – 300 CFS
– 400 CFS
April – 350 CFS
May and December – 250 CFS
through November – 200 CFS
This change will improve fish habitat in the river, which should improve
recreational fishing. Also, this makes the river from Remmel Dam to Rockport
floatable by canoe.
For the benefit of lakefront property residents, Entergy has agreed to limit
the amount of daily lake level fluctuations to 24 inches on Lake Catherine and
12 inches on Lake Hamilton and to consult with the AGFC on annual lake
Flow Releases for Recreation
For the benefit of whitewater enthusiasts, the license calls for “full
generation flow” three hours each Saturday and Sunday afternoon Memorial Day
weekend through Labor Day weekend. In addition, there will be up to four
special releases annually to accommodate emergency training exercises and
other education-oriented events.
Public Notification of Water Releases
To help people plan recreational activities on and around the lakes, both the
Entergy Hydro Web site and the hydro information phone line (501-844-2148)
will be updated on a regular basis to provide information on flow release
plans. In addition, interested persons can subscribe to receive weekly e-mail
notifications of flow release plans. To subscribe, go to the “Lakes and Flow
News” link and follow the instructions.