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Lake Marble Falls has been closed to recreational boating since June 2 as have Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Travis. Those lakes will reopen June 10 at noon, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to reopen lakes to boaters

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After a week of no recreational boating on the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is reopening four lakes at noon June 10. (more…)

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Water roars through the four open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls. On June 2, the Lower Colorado River Authority temporarily closed Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls to recreational boating due to extensive floodgate operations on the Highland Lakes. The LCRA has opened three floodgates at Buchanan Dam as of noon June 2, but a fourth one was slated to be opened at 2 p.m. Go to lcra.org for up-to-date floodgate operations. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA temporarily closes four Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With heavy rains falling early June 2 in the Highland Lakes watershed, Lower Colorado River Authority officials temporarily closed Lake LBJ, Inks Lake and Lake Marble Falls to recreational boating as of 11:25 a.m. that same day. The LCRA later closed Lake Travis. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority crews have opened three floodgates at Mansfield Dam at the head of Lake Travis to ease the heavy flow of stormwater runoff that has pummeled the Highland Lakes area for the past several days. Courtesy photo

LCRA opens floodgates, closes portions of lakes LBJ, Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Lower Colorado River Authority officials launched floodgate operations and closed portions of the Highland Lakes to recreational traffic May 31 because of increased flows caused by stormwater runoff. (more…)

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LCRA, PEC grants benefit Burnet playscape, Hoover Valley VFD

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A $25,000 grant will brighten a lot of children’s faces who enjoy playing at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet. The funds, from the Lower Colorado River Authority, will go to replace a 22-year-old playscape. It was one of two grants the LCRA announced Nov. 16 that benefits two Highland Lakes […]

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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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Website helps you water your yard and save money, resources

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Two organizations that know a thing or two about water and water conservation have joined forces to help Highland Lakes residents save not just water but money. The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have launched a web-based program that provides residents with recommendations […]

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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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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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LCRA grant helps Burnet conserve water while keeping YMCA fields green

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The Lower Colorado River Authority is helping the city of Burnet conserve water while still allowing residents to use facilities to the fullest. (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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Spicewood Beach on Lake Travis is one of the communities in eastern Burnet County downstream from Lake Marble Falls suffering from dwindling water levels. The Lower Colorado River Authority has announced the conditions along the Colorado River are fast approaching a drought worse than the drought of record  from 1947-57 because of scant inflows and lack of rain. File photo

Low lake levels raise concern over Marble Falls development

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS —  As Marble Falls annexes several hundred acres south of the city for proposed private development, residents on Lake Travis are calling for a halt to new water contracts because of record drought conditions and dwindling lake levels along the Colorado River. (more…)

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Business could slow down for Junk Sisters, 507 Bessemer Ave. in Llano, because of rising electric costs, says Kim Thomas, the owner of the store that sells vintage items. The latest electric bills spiked about 55 percent for a number of customers in the city, which blamed the Lower Colorado River Authority and the colder weather for the hike. Courtesy photo

Llano blames LCRA, weather for spike in electric bills

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — When Kim Thomas received her latest electric bill, she was shocked to see it was $200 more than the previous month. (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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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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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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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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