Craig Ross, hydrogolist for the National Weather service, tells 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright that Red River lock and dam 5, just south of Shreveport, is not to blame for what seems to be annual flooding of the waterway.

Ross responds to concerns that the lock and dam could be partially responsible for rising levels on the Red, telling KEEL listeners that that, despite an increased silt build up since the facility went online in 1995, it is the record or near record levels of rainfall and not the plant that is causing the repeated flooding.

Environmental activist Dr. Brian Salvatore has called for a "political constituency" to address what he sees as a need for the Army Corp of Engineers to dredge at least five feet from the river north of the lock and dam.