Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hey Charlie, could you turn on the water?

The Arkansas News Bureau had a good story about the history of trout fishing on Arkansas' White River. They had a novel way of handling the "minimum flow" issues that everyone is arguing about down there these days,

"In extremely dry periods, the trout had trouble. Not enough oxygen was in the water. For a number of years, the solution took a phone call. A local fisheries biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would call someone at Bull Shoals Dam. "Hey Charlie, the fish are hurting. Can you give us some water?" A valve would turn. The extra water flow would last a few hours, maybe a day."

Oh the good old days!

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