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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.

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Summer fishing can be good with these expert tips

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LAKE LBJ — The summer heat has descended upon the Highland Lakes and will likely remain a daily constant until at least September. The sometimes 100-degree days can often mean an end to angling, but it doesn’t need to be that way.

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Highland Lakes are packed with July 4 revelers

Boaters and revelers enjoy Lake LBJ on the Fourth of July. The Highland Lakes offered plenty of fun during the holiday weekend. Photo courtesy of Down to Earth Aerial Photography

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Texas game wardens target intoxicated boaters June 27-29 for Operation Dry Water

FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE AUSTIN – Law enforcement officers across Texas and the United States are geared up for Operation Dry Water – a national boating-while-intoxicated awareness and enforcement campaign June 27-29. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States.

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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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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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Zebra mussel rules now statewide; Highland Lakes in ‘crosshairs’

SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a new regulation requiring that all boats operating on public fresh water anywhere in Texas be drained before leaving or approaching a lake or river to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.

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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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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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LCRA cuts off downstream water releases from Highland Lakes for rice farmers

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A late-inning save for lower Colorado River rice farmers never came as a deadline for a Highland Lakes water cutoff came and went March 1 without substantial increases to lake levels.

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Fishing season begins NOW in Highland Lakes

February through June is the best time of year to participate in what is probably the most popular sport in the Highland Lakes: fishing.

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Take a spin through the Highland Lakes on your bicycle

From amateur to professional, cyclists find Highland Lakes roadways to be some of the best bicycling available anywhere, says Greg Barbutti — and he should know. Barbutti is the route marshall for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, an annual fundraising event that leads almost 1,000 riders along the back roads of eastern Burnet and [...]

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Fishing and boating on Lake LBJ

Perhaps the most popular of the Highland Lakes for both water sports and fishing is Lake LBJ. Its 6,449 acres of water surface make it perfect for motor- and sailboats, skiing and fishing. Lake LBJ begins in Kingsland and travels along the Colorado River footprint for 21 miles to Horseshoe Bay. It was originally named [...]

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