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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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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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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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The Lower Colorado River Authority will drop the level of Inks Lake by 8 feet beginning Jan. 2 for property owners to perform maintenance and repairs. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake drawdown begins Jan. 2

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Residents on Inks Lake will notice a difference starting Tuesday, Jan. 2. The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin lowering Inks Lake on that date, and officials say it will take until Friday, Jan. 5 to drop the level about 8 feet. The lake will remain lowered until Feb. 10 […]

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

Inks Lake property owners should pay heed to rules prior to drawdown

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have asked lakeside property owners to follow a few steps prior to repair and dredging plans during an upcoming Inks Lake drawdown. (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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Thanks to $100,000 in donations and city funding, Live Oak Park in Burnet will get a new pavilion, a refurbished basketball court, lighting, and other improvements. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet’s Live Oak Park gets funding for improvements

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The Rotary Club of Burnet and the Lower Colorado River Authority partnered with the city of Burnet for funding to upgrade a family-friendly park in the southeast part of the community. (more…)

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The LCRA WaterSmart rebate program was recently expanded to include rainwater harvesting equipment.

Highland Lakes residents eligible for LCRA rebates in conservation effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes residents could get up to a $600 rebate from the Lower Colorado River Authority to help conserve water. (more…)

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LCRA seeking grant applications for community projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Hill Country Science Mill and the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department are two of the most recent Highland Lakes benefactors of Lower Colorado River Authority grants, and now the LCRA is putting out the call for more community projects in search of support. (more…)

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A $58,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority to the cities of Marble Falls and Meadowlakes will help irrigate the Hidden Falls Golf Course in Meadowlakes as well as give Marble Falls a place to dispense its effluent water. File photo

With LCRA grant, Meadowlakes can use Marble Falls effluent on golf course

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Meadowlakes and Marble Falls teamed up to land a grant that will help both municipalities address effluent water needs, but from different angles. (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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Surveyed residents mostly positive on Wirtz Dam bridge project

Surveyed residents mostly positive on Wirtz Dam bridge project

CONNIE SWINNEY  • STAFF WRITER COTTONWOOD SHORES — Officials have released a survey that indicated an overall favorable impression of a proposed Wirtz Dam bridge project, which would provide a bypass adjacent to Marble Falls. (more…)

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From Quail Point Community Center on Horseshoe Bay on Jan. 15 after Lake LBJ was lowered. Photo by Karla Held

LCRA will begin refilling lakes Austin and LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Lakes Austin and LBJ will begin returning to regular levels starting later this week after the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered both for six weeks beginning in early January. (more…)

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This wooden platform at Robin Hood Park in Granite Shoals will get a ladder so people can climb on top to sunbathe. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals holding workdays to clean up parks while lake is down

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — With days remaining until the Lower Colorado River Authority begins raising Lake LBJ to its normal level, the city of Granite Shoals parks committee is calling for two work days on Feb. 4 and 11, both Saturdays. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

HORSESHOE BAY — Images from Lake LBJ show the effects of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s drawdown in recent weeks. Lake LBJ has been lowered about 4 feet to allow customers and lakeside property owners the chance to perform maintenance work. The LCRA does not anticipate needing to operate floodgates, but it has continued to […]

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin the drawdown of Lake LBJ (shown) and Lake Austin on Jan. 2 for dock repairs and maintenance. Photo by Keith Bedard of Down to Earth Aerial Photography

LCRA lakes drawdown begins Jan. 2 for dock repairs, maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes Austin and LBJ for six weeks beginning Jan. 2. The drawdowns will give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The lake lowerings also aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation […]

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Granite Shoals offers use of dumpsters for lakeside residents clearing debris

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER GRANITE SHOALS — After the Lower Colorado River Authority lowers Lake LBJ starting Jan. 2 for maintenance to docks and retaining walls, homeowners along the shoreline in Granite Shoals might have their hands full of debris. The city of Granite Shoals has a solution. (more…)

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Lake LBJ from Lookout Mountain on RR 1431 in Kingsland. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to lower Lake LBJ by 4 feet for maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ as well as Lake Austin for about six weeks in early 2017 to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic […]

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The Vanishing Texas River Cruise headed back up the Colorado River above Lake Buchanan last fall and this spring, thanks to rainfall raising lake levels after drought that lasted almost seven years. Despite the current lake levels at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis being near full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials are still keeping an eye on the levels. They are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Lake View Hall in Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam. During the event the staff will answer questions from people about the current health of the area lakes. Go to lcra.org for more information. File photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA open house discussing Highland Lakes’ health

Despite the current lake levels at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis being near full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials are still keeping an eye on the levels. They are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Lake View Hall in Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 […]

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Get alerts by phone or email for LCRA flood operations

AUSTIN – Residents can receive alerts via text, email or phone when Lower Colorado River Authority flood operations begin at LCRA dams along and near the river. (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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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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