On October 15th, 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 meeting.
See the meeting agenda here and the press release here.
Working Dogs for Conservation Project
Laura Speight with the Northeast Texas Conservation Delivery Network reported on a program to help boat owners ensure they don’t transfer zebra mussels from lake to lake by using dogs trained to identify the invasive species through smell at boat ramps at Caddo Lake and others in the area.
Duck Blind Removal
Corey Mason with Texas Parks and Wildlife discussed the agency’s effort to remove abandoned and unmaintained duck blinds from the Wildlife Management Area over the last year.
George Rice, a hydrologist, made a presentation on the dispute between the US Army and the EPA over the clean-up levels for pollutants in the groundwater. Paul Fortune, Chair of the Restoration Advisory Board for the clean-up of the ammunition plant, gave an update on future meetings of the Board and the transfer of lands from the Army to the Fish and Wildlife Service for the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Greater Caddo Lake Association
Texas Master Naturalists
Caddo Lake State Park
Caddo Biocontrol Alliance
Caddo Lake Institute
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.