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East Lake Buchanan in August 2015. Staff photo by Jared Fields

TCEQ approves plan withholding more Highland Lakes water

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER AUSTIN —  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality unanimously approved a revised Water Management Plan on Nov. 4 that keeps more water in the Highland Lakes and uses updated drought data to manage releases downstream. (more…)

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As Lake Buchanan rises, some leery of releasing water downstream

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BUCHANAN DAM — Domestic water use advocates caution that the drought remains a threat to water supplies as the peak of summer approaches, even though recent rains have boosted Lake Buchanan levels by nearly 20 feet in the past several weeks. (more…)

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UPDATE: TCEQ upholds order to withhold downstream water releases from Highland Lakes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER UPDATE: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality upheld an emergency order July 1 to withhold water releases from the Highland Lakes reservoirs to rice farmers downstream. PREVIOUS STORY BURNET — Interests along the upper and lower Colorado River basins are getting ready to go head to head after an emergency […]

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LCRA: Highland Lakes boaters should be extra cautious July 4

MARBLE FALLS — With fireworks displays illuminating the skies over lakes Marble Falls and LBJ on July 4, plenty of folks plan to get the best seats in the house — on their boats. But this means added boat traffic at night when water travel is more dangerous. (more…)

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LCRA: Drought hangs on despite rising Highland Lakes levels

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER SPICEWOOD — The history of dry spells and floods in the Highland Lakes can offer clues about whether recent flooding has eased the grip of the drought, officials say. (more…)

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Governor appoints former Marble Falls mayor to LCRA board of directors

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Outgoing Mayor George Russell bids farewell to city officials and community leaders as he prepares for service on the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors after an appointment by the governor pending the Texas Senate’s approval. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority has launched an aggressive invasive vegetation eradication program in lakes LBJ and Marble Falls by permitting municipalities and property owners to use copper-based herbicides during scheduled treatment periods. File photo

LCRA, cities take aim at water weeds with chemical treatments

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority has launched a nuisance water weed eradication program that involves municipalities and property owners participating in waterway chemical treatments starting this spring. (more…)

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LCRA postpones meeting on nuisance aquatic vegetation

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — The Lower Colorado River Authority is postponing a March 5 open house because of icy weather predicted for the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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A Lake Buchanan boat ramp is unusable because of the current drought and its effect on lake levels. The combined storage for lakes Buchanan and Travis, the two main water reservoirs for the Highland Lakes, is about 36 percent full, or 716,000 acre-feet of water. File photo

LCRA, water group contest upstream dam application

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF GOLDTHWAITE — Several years of strain on water resources caused by the drought has prompted Goldthwaite city officials to back a proposal by a private landowner for a small on-channel dam on the Colorado River in Mills County. (more…)

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A United Launch Alliance Delta II rockets heads for outer space Jan. 31 with NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory on board. The satellite will measure moisture content in the top 2 inches of the soil around the world. Lower Colorado River Authority scientists will compare the data from eight sensors in the Fredericksburg area with the satellite data. NASA photo by Bill Ingalls

LCRA joins with NASA in first-of-its-kind soil study

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority is getting an unlikely perspective on soil moisture in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Lake Buchanan is seen in the distance from a boat ramp that was closed due to drought conditions. Staff photo by Jared Fields

As 2015 starts, Highland Lakes falls toward all-time drought declaration

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Despite a moderate amount of rainfall in 2014, the two storage reservoirs of the Highland Lakes chain didn’t experience much of an increase in water levels. In fact, as of Jan. 14, lakes Buchanan and Travis held 34 percent of their normal storage amounts. (more…)

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Lake Buchanan levels have dropped so much as to make this boat ramp unusable. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Drought prompts LCRA to seek OK to halt lake releases for fourth year

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — With parts of Texas in the midst of a persistent, severe drought, the Lower Colorado River Authority will seek permission from the state to curtail releases of interruptible stored water from the Highland Lakes for downstream irrigation for the fourth year in a row. LCRA also will ask permission to […]

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LCRA board OKs water plan changes, new downstream reservoir

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority began the process of changing the Water Management Plan in 2012, but on Sept. 17, the board finally approved the amendments, sending the measure to the next level. (more…)

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Canadian company buys water and wastewater plants in Central Texas

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Canada-based Corix Utilities Inc. finalized on July 31 the acquisition of 18 Texas water and wastewater systems, 10 of which are in the Hill Country, from the Lower Colorado River Authority, officials said. LCRA originally put the water and wastewater faciliities, located primarily in the Austin area and […]

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LCRA puts pressure on those with illegal ‘straws’ in water

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority is stepping up enforcement against people without a contract who take water from the lakes and lower Colorado River via “straws,” but officials are giving a few days’ warning before really cracking down. (more…)

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Colorado River advocacy groups squaring off in water fight

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — As drought conditions continue, the battle over water from the Colorado River heats up between advocacy groups fighting to get their messages across to state agencies with the power to halt supplies. (more…)

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Cities expected to pass LCRA water-rate hike to customers

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a one-year rate hike for firm water customers during the LCRA Board meeting June 16, adjusting for historic low lake levels, drought conditions, maintenance and service costs. Water officials in the Highland Lakes say residents of those municipalities affected by the LCRA decision […]

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New water plant coming for drought-striken Spicewood Beach area

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF SPICEWOOD — A new water system takes shape, signaling the near-end of several communities and an elementary school relying on water trucked in for domestic use, officials say. “We’re getting very close. We’re essentially complete with the construction for the new wells,”  said Utilities Operations Manager Darrin Barker, of Corix, […]

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Rainfall over Highland Lakes provides temporary relief from drought, raises reservoirs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — Watching runoff from rain pour over structures such as the Llano River Dam on Memorial Day provided some relief from the drought; however, unless the wet weather trend continues, the rise could become short-lived, officials say. “It’s coming over (the Llano River Dam); a tremendous amount of water […]

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LCRA chips away at rate-hike proposal after public outcry

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have tempered a proposed water-rate hike by narrowing the increase contributed by upstream customers and shifting more of the burden of the hike to agricultural interests downstream, according to calculations from the revised plan. (more…)

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LCRA hosting meeting to discuss proposed water rates

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority is hosting a meeting March 31 at Lakeside Pavilion to discuss proposed new raw water rates. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. LCRA staff will be available one on one to discuss the proposed rates and other water-related […]

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Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay launch tighter restrictions, fines for water waste

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Municipalities have implemented more stringent water conservation measures detailing use guidelines and waste penalties which could leave customers and cities paying more even as water usage decreases, officials say. Persistent drought conditions and recent limits placed on downstream agricultural customers hastened the move towards tighter water use […]

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TCEQ approves emergency drought order for Highland Lakes with no trigger point

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR AUSTIN — Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners left Highland Lakes officials scratching their heads Feb. 26 after approving an emergency drought relief order but striking the trigger point portion of the request. “I was just stunned that they went without a trigger point,” said Jo Karr Tedder of the […]

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Judges side with Highland Lakes over downstream customers in water fight

DANIEL CLIFTON AND CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Two administrative law judges upped the ante when it comes to how much water must be in lakes Buchanan and Travis before the Lower Colorado River Authority can release it for downstream irrigation and rice farming purposes under a proposed emergency drought relief order. On […]

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TCEQ sends LCRA emergency drought relief request to judge

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Some Lower Colorado River Authority irrigation customers, including rice farmers, have challenged the authority’s emergency drought relief request, forcing the issue to go before an administrative judge in February. On Feb. 12, LCRA officials asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to approve emergency drought relief for a third straight […]

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Highland Lakes officials urge residents to take stand on water-level triggers

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — County officials are asking Highland Lakes residents to write or email Texas Commission on Environmental Quality leaders to request they raise the water-level triggers that would curtail downstream releases from the Highland Lakes. Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger is asking residents to send emails to Richard Hyde and Lori Wilson […]

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