Deer Point Dam drawn down

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The gates of the Deer Point Dam are closed for the annual drawdown.

Officials tell us if the vegetation gets too spread out it can choke out some of the fisheries and it affects the oxygen levels in the lake. (WJHG/WECP)

Every year Bay County utilities officials work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation to draw down the reservoir.

They tell us it helps expose some weeds and plants to colder and drier temperatures, killing them off so the lakes ecosystem can help clean itself.

Officials tell us if the vegetation gets too spread out, it can choke out some of the fisheries and it affects the oxygen levels in the lake.

But this year, the weather wasn't as helpful to get rid of the vegetation

"Unfortunately we did not have a very cold or dry winter, those are the most optimum conditions for vegetation management. Cold freezing weather kills those weeds and vegetation. However, we do feel like it was a success in that people were able to fix their docks, their seawalls and things like that after Hurricane Michael," said Bay County Utilities Director Benjamin Blitch.

The elevation is expected to get to around two feet.

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