Deer Point drawdown was picture perfect
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Media contact: Chris Paxton, 850-265-3676, ext. 208; Jamie Jones, 850-872-4785
Fishery managers and Bay County Water Utility
Department officials said the Deer Point Lake drawdown that began
Jan. 4 could not have gone any better.
The drawdown gates at the Deer Point Dam are
closed, and the lake is expected to be back at full pool by Friday,
Feb. 26. The lake was drawn down two feet most of the time
and even more in a trial run of the revamped Williams Bayou pumping
"It is not essential to have freezing temperatures
for the drawdown to be effective, but one night of below-32-degree
temperatures will kill vegetation immediately. We got that
and more," said Chris Paxton, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) regional fisheries biologist.
"According to weather data from the Panama City International
Airport, we had 13 nights of temperatures at or below
Paxton said homeowners and boaters should see an
immediate reduction in the amount of the aquatic plants lemon
becopa and Eurasian water milfoil in the lake. He said the
freezing temperatures killed all the exposed vegetation.
Jamie Jones, director of operations at Williams
Bayou and the Bay County Water Utility Department, agreed that the
drawdown was a success.
"This was a collaborative effort between the FWC
and the Bay County Commission. The improvements at the
Williams Bayou pump station were successful and worked well during
the drawdown conditions to maintain the county's potable and
industrial water supply, while allowing for a much-anticipated
drawdown," Jones said.