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New Kali’s Law requires emergency kill switch on boats

EDITOR’S NOTE: Under the approved legislation, the law “does not require the retrofitting of any vessel that has not come equipped with an (emergency cut off switch),” according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials. A new boating law goes into effect in Texas on September 1 that requires all watercraft less than 26 feet […]

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Zebra mussels found in Lake LBJ

Zebra mussels found in Lake LBJ; Marble Falls probably next

FROM STAFF REPORTS More bad news for the Highland Lakes as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Lower Colorado River Authority confirmed that invasive zebra mussels have been found in Lake LBJ. The species was previously discovered in Lake Travis. “It is disheartening to see zebra mussels spreading higher up the chain of […]

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Lake Buchanan sedimentation survey

Sedimentation surveys on the Highland Lakes a look into the future of water resources

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Nathan Leber is all about finding the dirt on Lake Buchanan and other Texas reservoirs, or, more precisely, the dirt at the bottom. Leber, manager of the TexMesoNet and Hydrosurvey programs for the Texas Water Development Board, is in charge of a crew that’s currently surveying sedimentation in Lake Buchanan. Sedimentation […]

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Safety on the Highland Lakes

Boaters beware: Buoys mark dangers, game wardens on patrol

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens are prepared for an increase in boat traffic this July 4 holiday weekend as they take part in Operation Dry Water. The operation is a national boating while intoxicated awareness and enforcement campaign that takes place July 5-7. These law enforcement efforts are one of a number of […]

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LCRA moving water downstream from full Lake Buchanan

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority began moving water downstream from a very full Lake Buchanan early June 5. (more…)

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Be ‘carefree but not careless’ on the lakes this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and boating season. And law enforcement agencies are expecting a number of people to take advantage of the three-day weekend for fun on the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Though small individually, the invasive zebra mussels can amass into colonies that take over a shoreline, clog water intakes, damage lakeside structures, and disrupt the natural environment. The best way to protect the upper Highland Lakes is through preventing the spread of the creature. Authorities say ‘clean, drain, and dry’ your boat every time you take it out of the water. Go to texasinvasives.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Share these tips to keep lakes free of invasive zebra mussels

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks, and Marble Falls are zebra mussel-free, and city and county officials want to keep it that. (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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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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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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TPWD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain, dry’ vessels to stop invasive species

TPWD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain, dry’ vessels to stop invasive species

FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT AUSTIN – As sunny days and warm weather kick off spring boating season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s inland fisheries and law enforcement staffs are urging boaters to fight back against aquatic invasive species that threaten Texas lakes. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to lower Inks Lake for repairs, nuisance plant mitigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Lake shoreline property owners will have a chance to maintain and repair docks and retaining walls as well as curb the growth of aquatic nuisance plants during an upcoming waterway drawdown, according to a Lower Colorado River Authority news release. (more…)

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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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Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LAKE TRAVIS — One measures less than an inch, but when they mass together, these invasive creatures can cause big damage. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials confirmed zebra mussels have invaded Lake Travis. (more…)

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Open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls in May 2015. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA offers flood operations notifications by phone or email

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the spring months traditionally among the wettest of the year for the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is encouraging residents to sign up for free notifications of LCRA flood operations. (more…)

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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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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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10 ways to spend Spring Break in the Highland Lakes

10 ways to spend Spring Break in the Highland Lakes

Spring Break is fast approaching. Are you prepared? In the Highland Lakes there is fun for everyone to fill a week. Check out 101HighlandLakes.com for 10 ways to spend Spring Break in the Highland Lakes. READ MORE

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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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