Legislators, Army Corps talk low levels at Lake Texoma

LAKE TEXOMA -- State officials are say they are doing all they can to help the situation at Lake Texoma, and the Army Corps of Engineers say it's all up to the weather.

State Senator Josh Brecheen said, "Lake Texoma is an economic driver for our region and we have to be concerned about low lake levels."

Bryan County officials met with State Senator Josh Brecheen and State Representative Dustin Robert in Durant Friday to discuss many ongoing topics, including the low levels at Lake Texoma.

Brecheen says it's hurting many local businesses and his office is working on a solution.

Brecheen added, "We need to have a meeting and this meeting needs to include the Corp of Engineers, it needs to include the Lake Texoma Association, it needs to include all of the advocacy groups that are promoting protecting the lake."

The Army corps of engineers this week in a press release answered some frequently asked questions frustrated locals have been asking.

"We understand the concern of the business owners, and our patrons, around the lake, that it does very much need a say so.", said Army Corps Assistant Lake Manager B.J. Parkey.

Parkey says the levels right now are seven feet low for this time of the year, the worst it's been since the 70's.

Parkey said, "We need a considerable amount of rainfall above our dam to get the Red River flowing, to get the Ouachita River flowing, to increase our elevation."

Brecheen says they hope to pass legislation soon to better protect the lake.

Brecheen said, "I'm interested in the concept of us moving away from flood management and drought management. I think that's a great conversation that needs to happen, and I think we need to have a town hall meeting and discuss it."

Parkey also said the tone of the most disputed discussions is whether or not recreation is a point of focus here at Lake Texoma. He says ten percent of the lake needs to be managed for the direct purpose of recreation, based on the increasing marinas and traffic along the lake, and they hope they can help the levels so that recreation doesn't continue to be affected.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have posted answer to frequently asked question online. Click Here to see there responses.


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