I was able to view some preliminary data from a habitat study by Mississippi State U. that indicated approximately 9,000 acres of aquatic habitat has been lost on the Arkansas in Arkansas since 1973. The good news is that AGFC, USFWS, and the Corps are working to conserve and restore aquatic habitat on the river by notching most of the dikes on the system, constructing islands to create backwaters and side channels, and dredging channels into oxbows and sloughs that have shallowed or filled. If they get the money they need to the job we could see substantial improvements to the fishery over the next 4-6 years that will yield benefits for years to come or even decades. We should see more fish, more habitat to fish, and more vegetation and woody debris for the fish. Good times are ahead for the Arkansas. I started this thread for any and all discussions about the Arkansas River, one of the greatest fisheries in the U.S.