The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is working with homeowners at Lake Conway and the Lake Conway Advocacy Group, according to Lake Manager Matt Horton.

The commission came together with other state agencies and organizations as a part of the advocacy group in July. The advocacy group is headed by State Rep. Jane English. 

Horton said two of the issues being discussed at the lake are watershed and sedimentation. 

"The lake is basically a 135-square-mile watershed," Horton said. 

Horton said as the areas around the lake, such as Conway and Vilonia, develop more sediment comes into the lake.

"Farm pasture is permeable," Horton said. "Concrete is not permeable."

He said as more silt comes into the lake, it cannot hold as much water. 

Horton said the commission is looking at new ways to reduce flooding on the lake. 

"We are looking at building a new spillway," he said, noting that a hydrology study was being conducted to study the watershed and lake. 

However when looking at the design for an alternative spillway, Horton said better designs and costs have to be considered. 

Another consideration at Lake Conway is Grassy Lake Road, which leads to Rogers Estates. When the spillway is opened at Lake Conway, Grassy Lake Road floods causing problems for residents. Horton said the advocacy group is working on plans for a connection to an access road to avoid Grassy Lake Road. 

"Hopefully it will be resolved," he said. "Once that is taken care of, if we need to, we could release water earlier."

Although there is no recent lake level survey, Horton said he estimated the lake level to be about six feet. 

However, Horton said if the lake level rises as little as three feet, water could come into people’s houses. The 100-year flood range at the lake is only nine feet higher than normal. 

"It is going to take a long time to get it fixed," he said. "We are trying to prevent problems before they happen."

However, officials have to follow the water level management plans. Horton said he expects to see some changes to the plan in the future, but before changes are made, data needs to be received. 

"We have to have facts and data to back it up," Horton said. 

Lake Conway is the first lake that the Game and Fish Commission built and is the largest conservation agency-owned lake in the United States.