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Construction of the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland continues night and day to complete the project by April. The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Jan. 11 that it would not lower Lake LBJ any more than 4 feet below normal to allow Texas Department of Transportation crews to continue work without hindrance. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA won’t lower Lake LBJ extra foot to avoid hindering RM 2900 bridge construction

FROM STAFF REPORTS After considering lowering Lake LBJ an extra foot, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Jan. 11 that the lake’s current level of about 4 feet below normal will be maintained for the duration of the drawdown. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority has lowered Lake LBJ nearly 4 feet for property owners to perform maintenance. Now, the LCRA has said it will attempt to lower the lake another foot in one-inch increments. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA might lower Lake LBJ another foot, inch by inch

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS As expected, Lake LBJ reached its targeted level of 4 feet below normal range early Jan. 9. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls is currently about 3 feet below its normal operating range as seen by the watermark on the retaining wall at the Lakeside Park boat ramp. The Lower Colorado River Authority has paused the lowering of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to recent rains. Lake Marble Falls is expected to reach its lowered level of 7 feet below normal by Jan. 12. Lake LBJ will reach its lowered level by Jan. 9, according to the LCRA. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Timetable for LCRA lake drawdowns extended due to rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority extended lake lowerings by five days after recent rains prompted the partial opening of a floodgate on Tom Miller Dam. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority paused the drawdown of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to heavy rainfall. The city of Marble Falls has received 1.17 inches of rain since midnight Jan. 2. After the drawdowns began Dec. 30, the LCRA now predicts Lake LBJ to reach its lowered level by Jan. 6 and Lake Marble Falls by Jan. 9. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With heavy rainfall, LCRA pauses lake lowerings, opens floodgate

FROM STAFF REPORTS Heavy rainfall and full lakes forced the Lower Colorado River Authority to pause the drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls on Jan. 2. (more…)

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Boaters enjoyed a ride around Lake Marble Falls on Dec. 27 for perhaps the final time before the Lower Colorado River Authority begins lowering lakes Marble Falls and LBJ on Dec. 30. The LCRA will begin refilling the lakes on Feb. 19. Staff photo by Jared Fields

As Walkway of Lights comes down, LCRA prepares to lower lakes Marble Falls and LBJ

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Not long after lunchtime on Dec. 27, the final sculptures from Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls were loaded onto trailers to close the 29th annual event. (more…)

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Property owners along lakes LBJ (pictured) and Marble Falls may perform work along the lakebeds without a permit during the upcoming drawdowns of the lakes beginning Dec. 30. The projects must be registered with the LCRA and a notice posted on the worksite. File photo

Marble Falls and LBJ lakeside property owners must register drawdown projects with LCRA

FROM STAFF REPORTS Property owners and residents along lakes LBJ and Marble Falls who plan to dredge, remove debris, or work on existing retaining walls during the upcoming drawdowns must register their projects with the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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Burnet County officials continue reviewing bids for debris removal from this temporary site near Granite Shoals City Hall in the wake of October’s historic flood. With an estimated 15,500 cubic yards of debris, the cost to remove the trash could cost nearly a half-million dollars. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County approves lake debris-removal plan using portion of LCRA donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners approved a plan to allocate a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority beginning in January when the lakes are lowered. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $23,050 grant to the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department for station renovations. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured are volunteer Greg Widmer (left), department board members Becky Evans and John Marr, PEC community engagement representative Diana Gonzales, department secretary Janet Taylor-Carusi, LCRA board member George Russell, and LCRA Governmental Affairs representative Steve Dyer. Courtesy photo

LCRA-PEC grants go toward Cottonwood Shores VFD and Spicewood library projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative recently provided grants to help remodel a volunteer fire department station and purchase a digital sign for a community library. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners awarded a debris removal contract to TFR Enterprises Inc. during a special-called meeting Nov. 16. The Leander-based company will soon begin the process of removing debris left from the Oct. 16 flood in neighborhoods like this one on Harris Loop in Kingsland. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County awards debris-removal contract, votes to accept LCRA’s $100,000 donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS More than a month after floodwaters destroyed hundreds of Llano County homes, county commissioners awarded a debris removal contract Nov. 16 to Leander-based TFR Enterprises Inc. (more…)

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Lake LBJ will reopen to the public at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake LBJ boaters are asked to reduce speeds and use extra caution because of submerged hazards that might be difficult to see. This sandbar in the middle of Lake LBJ in Kingsland is a new one created since the Oct. 16 flood. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA: Lake LBJ reopens Nov. 17; boaters should use caution due to submerged hazards

FROM STAFF REPORTS One month after historic flooding in the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Nov. 16 that Lake LBJ will finally reopen to public use. (more…)

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Flooding on Oct. 16 caused water from Lake Marble Falls to rush over the top of Max Starcke Dam. The Lower Colorado River Authority said that, at the flood’s peak, the amount of water flowing through Lake Marble Falls was about 350,000 cubic-feet per second. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Report outlines LCRA’s response to historic Oct. 16 flooding

  CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story included incomplete numbers attributed to Kelly Payne. The LCRA recorded a flow of 375,000 cubic-feet per second coming into the Highland Lakes, and 25,000 cfs leaving the lakes, not 375 and 25 as written.  STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A report on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s flood […]

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Closed since Oct. 16, Lake Marble Falls will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Lake LBJ will remain closed until at least Friday, Nov. 16, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to reopen Lake Marble Falls to public use on Nov. 13

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will reopen Lakes Marble Falls to recreational use at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. (more…)

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Lake LBJ will remain closed until least Nov. 16, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Nov. 9. Staff photo Jared Fields

LCRA will keep lakes Marble Falls and LBJ closed for now

FROM STAFF REPORTS Lakes Marble Falls and LBJ will not open Nov. 9, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.  (more…)

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Parks along Lake Travis, such as Pace Bend Park in Spicewood, will be open to recreational water use beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced. Lakes LBJ and Marble Falls will remain closed until at least Friday, Nov. 9. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

LCRA: Lake Travis to open for public use on Nov. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will open Lake Travis to public use at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority lowered Lake LBJ in 2017 so lakeside property owners could remove debris and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls, and other infrastructure. The authority is planning another drawdown of the lake, along with Lake Marble Falls, beginning Dec. 30 so property owners can clean up following historic flooding. File photo

LCRA drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls begin Dec. 30

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes LBJ and Marble Falls starting Dec. 30 for about eight weeks to assist lakeside property owners recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will open Inks Lake for recreational use at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Staff photo JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to open Inks Lake on Nov. 3; lakes Marble Falls, LBJ, and Travis are still closed

FROM STAFF REPORTS Inks Lake will reopen to public use Saturday, Nov. 3, while lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis remain closed until at least Nov. 6, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Inks Lake will remain closed to recreational use until the Lower Colorado River Authority makes a determination Nov. 2 about when to reopen the lake. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

After fire and flood, Inks Lake State Park fully reopens Nov. 2

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When the Lower Colorado River Authority opened floodgates at Buchanan Dam, staff at Inks Lake State Park had to scramble to move park visitors and equipment away from the shore. (more…)

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Debris continues to wash ashore at the Lakeside Park boat ramp on Lake Marble Falls. Lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis as well as Inks Lake will remain closed to the public until at least Friday, Nov. 2, due to debris and unsafe conditions, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. The lakes can be accessed for the purpose of retrieving property, if the location of that property is known. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA: Lakes could open by Nov. 2 depending on conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis as well as Inks Lake will not open for public use until at least Friday, Nov. 2, said Lower Colorado River Authority officials Oct. 30. (more…)

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Debris washed up on the banks of the Llano River at Grenwelge Park in Llano on Oct. 17. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA: As river flows decrease, flood operations still underway in ‘historic’ event

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding Highland Lakes residents that though Llano River flows have decreased since early Tuesday, Oct. 16, flood operations are still underway throughout the chain of lakes. (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 records extremely low Highland Lakes inflows this year compared to historic averages

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Water inflows so far this year from the Highland Lakes watershed into lakes Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis, and Austin have been just 12.3 percent of historic averages. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $44,950 grant to Bertram Volunteer Fire Department on May 23. The department will use the grant for defibrillators and to repair the fire station’s roof. The grant is part of the LCRA’s Community Development Program. Pictured are LCRA Chief of Staff Clint Harp (left), LCRA Governmental Affairs representative Steve Dyer, Bertram VFD Chief Bobby Huffstuttler, PEC CEO Julie Parsley, LCRA board member Lori A. Berger, LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson, Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 4 Commissioner John White, ESD No. 4 Commissioner Carol Ann Young, ESD No. 4 commissioner Kim Dickinson, and Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall. Courtesy photo

Bertram Volunteer Fire Department gets new roof thanks to LCRA and PEC grant

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — After suffering through many days and nights under a bad roof, Bertram Volunteer Fire Department crews as well as residents seeking refuge in storms, will have a new roof over their heads thanks to a Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative grant. (more…)

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Prevention is key to protecting upper Highland Lakes from invasive mussels

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With boating season getting underway, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding people to take steps to curb the spread of invasive species such zebra mussels. (more…)

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The lake at Inks Lake State Park after a drawdown by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA warns contractors of Inks Lake refill, which begins Feb. 10

FROM STAFF REPORTS INKS LAKE — The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding contractors and shoreline residents to remove any maintenance equipment from the bed of Inks Lake before it starts refilling the lake Feb. 10. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

  Inks Lake State Park has a new look courtesy of a Lower Colorado River Authority drawdown. The LCRA lowered the lake in early January by about 8 feet to allow for maintenance, debris removal, and repair work for residents and businesses on Inks Lake. The drawdown is only temporary, so Inks Lake State Park […]

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $22,487 grant Jan. 9 to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for new portable radios. Pictured are BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cummings (left), LCRA board member George Russell, BCSO Capt. Chris Jett, BCSO Sgt. Russell Kneese, Burnet County Commissioner Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, Burnet County Commissioner Billy Wall, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs Rep. Steve Dyer, and Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade portable radios with grant

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Lower Colorado River Authority grant has opened the door for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to begin replacing its obsolete portable radios with state-of-the-art equipment. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives recently presented a $25,000 matching grant to the Rotary Club of Burnet for the restoration of Live Oak Park. The city of Burnet is contributing $50,000 to the upgrades to total about $100,000. Pictured are Adrienne Feild (front, left), Rotary youth services; Keith McBurnett, Rotary past president; Brenda Goble, Rotary executive secretary; Damon Beierle, Rotary director at large; David Vaughn, Burnet city manager; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative. Also pictured are George Russell (back, left), LCRA board member; Craig Lindholm, Rotary vice president; Lora Cheney, Rotary secretary; Bill Drake, Rotary director; Caryn Paye, Rotary treasurer; Paul Farmer, Burnet City Council member; and Tres Clinton, Burnet City Council member. Courtesy photo

Burnet Rotarians accept $25,000 grant for Live Oak Park project

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority grant money awarded Jan. 9 will give a boost to a park project underway through a cooperative effort with the city of Burnet and the Rotary Club of Burnet. (more…)

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