Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders is warning boaters be extremely cautious on Lake Hamilton because of debris that's the result of recent severe weather.
Sanders says a large amount of debris such as trees, logs, brush and silt are already in the lake and more is being washed toward the lake. He says the next several days could be particularly dangerous and urges caution for the next several weeks.
Sanders says the debris is not only on the surface but that some is floating from 3 inches to a foot-and-a-half under water and is not visible.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District has started a new program for recreational boaters on 11 of the 13 Arkansas locks along the Arkansas River.
The Corps says all but the Trimble Lock near Fort Smith and the Ozark Lock at Ozark are closed to recreational boaters from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday - with the exception of federal holidays.
Legislators passed new air pollution control regulations and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is to hold a meeting on how to implement the new law.
The agency is to conduct a hearing at 1 p.m. Friday at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock. The meeting is open to the public but officials have specifically invited parties that will be affected by the new law, along with environmental groups.
At issue is the emission of certain types of pollutants.