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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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Llano feeling relief from rain as city moves down to Stage 2 water restrictions

Llano feeling relief from rain as city moves down to Stage 2 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Rains to the west of Llano have sustained streamflow on the Llano River, allowing Llano officials to move down to Stage 2 water restrictions. (more…)

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Burnet County livestock producers may be eligible for drought disaster assistance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM LAMPASAS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is offering assistance to eligible ranchers and livestock producers in Burnet County through its Livestock Forage Disaster Program for grazing losses incurred in 2018. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners on Aug. 14 removed an emergency declaration from the county burn ban but left the ban in place. The ban prohibits outdoor burning. The disaster declaration, which prohibited outdoor cooking and welding, was made July 30 in response to the Park Road 4 fire. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Burnet County burn ban continues; commissioners set proposed tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners voted during the Aug. 14 regular meeting to remove the emergency declaration from the county burn ban but leave one in place. (more…)

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This photo from Aug. 8 showed how Town Lake in Llano had no overflow, forcing the city to enact Stage 5 water restrictions. After weekend rains, city officials lowered mandatory water restrictions to Stage 3. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

After weekend rains, Llano lowers water restrictions to Stage 3 — for now

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Although Llano received less than an inch of rain in the past week, city officials on Aug. 14 lowered mandatory water restrictions from Stage 5 to Stage 3. Heavy rains farther west — about 4 inches in parts of Mason County — flowed down the Llano River and into Llano’s […]

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Grenwelge Park in Llano had no water flow from the city’s dam Aug. 8. Water flow is minimal along the Llano River, which is the city’s source for water. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Potential rainfall this weekend significant for drought-stricken Llano and Burnet counties

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — Rain overnight Aug. 9-10 provided a respite from a run of very hot days in the Highland Lakes. Chances are high that the rains will continue through the weekend to provide relief from worsening drought conditions. (more…)

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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The city of Llano on Aug. 4 announced Stage 5 water restrictions, the final step in its Drought Contingency Plan. File photo

UPDATE: Llano modifies Stage 5 restrictions to allow sprinkler system use one day per week

  UPDATE: As of Aug. 7, the city of Llano modified its Stage 5 restrictions to allow residents to irrigate with sprinkler systems or hose-end sprinklers once per week on designated watering day from 7-10 p.m. Filling or refilling of any pools and/or hot tubs is allowed in lieu of landscape irrigation. Also, water rate […]

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Kingsland Water Supply considering mandatory restrictions if drought continues

Kingsland Water Supply considering mandatory restrictions if drought continues

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS KINGSLAND — Kingsland Water Supply Corp. anticipates implementing Stage 2 of its drought management plan “within the next couple of weeks if there is not significant rain in that time period,” according to General Manager Leonard Leinfelder. (more…)

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UPDATE: City of Llano moves to Stage 4 water restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As inflows from the Llano River continue to decrease and water temperatures remain warm, city of Llano officials have initiated Stage 4 water restrictions as of July 31. (more…)

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UPDATE: Officials say ATV is cause of Park Road 4 fire, which is 50 percent contained

UPDATE: Officials say ATV is cause of Park Road 4 fire, which is 50 percent contained

BURNET — An all-terrain vehicle has been determined as the cause of the Park Road 4 fire near Inks Lake State Park, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.  (more…)

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Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

Llano residents still using too much water under Stage 3 restrictions; city issues reminder

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — City officials are asking Llano residents to double down on their water conservation efforts after entering Stage 3 restrictions in early July. Under Stage 3, daily water usage should be down to 800,000 gallons, but, according to a city of Llano media release, daily usage is at about 1 million […]

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Preparations are underway to move the city of Llano into Stage 3 water restrictions due to dwindling in-flows on the Llano River. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Llano enacts Stage 3 water restrictions July 10

UPDATE: As of July 10, the city of Llano has moved to Stage 3 water restrictions, triggering a series of requirements for residents as detailed in the municipality’s updated Drought Contingency Plan.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — From limits on duration of landscape irrigation to prohibition of “non-essential” water usage, Llano residents could […]

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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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‘Water 101’ and how to conserve precious Highland Lakes resource

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KINGSLAND — To Charlie Flatten, there’s never a bad time to talk about conserving water, especially in the Highland Lakes. The Hill Country Alliance water policy program manager will present “Water 101: Water Conservation in the Texas Hill Country” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 […]

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Hot and dry conditions heighten fire danger this July 4 holiday

Hot and dry conditions heighten fire danger this July 4 holiday

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET —As Highland Lakes residents experience more days with triple-digit temperatures, fire officials have sent out a warning to Independence Day revelers about the potential fire danger. (more…)

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Spicewood family’s conservation efforts restore ranch’s productivity

Spicewood family’s conservation efforts restore ranch’s productivity

MELISSA BLAIR • SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM SPICEWOOD — Becky Sultemeier and her husband, Shelby, run a Red Brangus cattle operation on their 1,100-acre property that straddles the Travis-Blanco county line near Spicewood. The property has been in the family since the 1930s and originally belonged to Becky’s grandparents, Coke and Helen Hollingsworth, and father, Archie Hollingsworth. […]

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The annual stocking of Lake Buchanan with hybrid striped bass fry was carried out March 21 by the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp. Shown introducing the fish into the lake is LBCC member and fishing guide, Max Milam, of Ken Milam Fishing Guide Service. This year’s stocking consisted of 1 million of the fry and brings the total number stocked into the lake by the LBCC over the past 10 years to more than 9 million. Visiting anglers are harvesting large numbers of keeper-size hybrids with new lake records being established and re-established within short periods of time. Courtesy photo

Lake Buchanan has healthy resurgence; state of the lake is June 21

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BUCHANAN DAM — Lake Buchanan has experienced the spectrum of ups and downs the past several years, going from historic low inflows to four open floodgates recently, leaving people wondering, “How is Lake Buchanan doing?” (more…)

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State of the lake: Now full, Buchanan sees fish and habitat changes

State of the lake: Now full, Buchanan sees fish and habitat changes

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR UPDATE: The State of the Lake program scheduled for May 17 has been postponed due to possible severe weather. It has been rescheduled for June 21. Go to www.lakebuchanancc.org for more information.   BUCHANAN DAM — A little wind made the difference in whether Lake Buchanan’s white bass population survived the […]

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After two years, Burnet lifts mandatory watering restrictions

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After almost two years of mandatory water restrictions, city of Burnet residents can relax a bit. On Aug. 12, the city moved to Stage 1 restrictions, which call for voluntary measures. City officials are asking residents to still conserve water. Though late spring and early summer rains helped bring up […]

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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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Horseshoe Bay conserves with drought-tolerant gardens, audits

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER HORSESHOE BAY — Persistent drought has prompted a comprehensive water conservation campaign by the city of Horseshoe Bay that includes irrigation audits with potential fines, drought-tolerant demonstration gardens and a shift in perception about landscaping needs. (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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Llano city officials wrangle over a possible well project as the drought takes a toll on the Llano River, the sole water source for the community. File photo

Llano water well dispute derails drilling project

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — Bryan Miiller remembers a time when homes along the Llano River were few and far between. “I grew up west of Llano between Llano and Mason. There used to be very few houses along the river. That’s been 40 years ago,” said Miiller, who is a Llano city […]

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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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