LCRA will lower Inks, LBJ lakes in January

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for eight weeks with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2 through Feb. 28, 2020. Inks Lake, above, was last lowered in 2018, while Lake LBJ was lowered earlier this year due to the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

For the past several months, property owners around Lake LBJ and Inks Lake as well as Burnet County officials had been asking the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for assistance so they could complete repairs to docks, retaining walls and other structures damaged by the October 2018 flood.

LCRA officials heard their requests and announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, they will lower the two lakes for eight weeks, with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2020.

“LCRA normally doesn’t lower the same lake two years in a row, but we are making an exception after hearing from local officials and residents about needed repairs and maintenance resulting from the historic flooding last year,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of water.


LCRA, TxDOT work to expedite bridge construction

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The Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge is "on track" for completion in April, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Capital Excavation recently set beams for spans 3 and 4 and poured so-called "caps" for columns 6 and 7. Officials estimated progress on up to 10 shafts this week.





The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are coordinating efforts to clean up debris from the RM 2900 bridge that washed away along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ during historic flooding in October.

As previously announced, LCRA began refilling Lake LBJ on Sunday, Feb. 24, and will continue to do so through Wednesday, Feb. 27, after lowering the lake in December to provide property owners an opportunity to remove debris and make repairs.


LCRA makes change to how firm water contracts are approved



Because heavy rains in June, August and September have taken the Colorado River basin and its associated tributaries out of drought, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) staff will now have the ability to approve contracts for “firm water” up to a certain amount without needing board approval.

The LCRA Board of Directors approved the changes at their Sept. 21 meeting, held at Canyon of the Eagles Lodge at Lake Buchanan.

Firm water is water that is available to be committed to another entity by contract, even during drought conditions, as opposed to interruptible water, which is used for agriculture primarily and can be cut off or reduced during a drought.

Prior to April 2014, it was standard board practice to allow LCRA staff to approve contracts for less than 500 acre-feet of water per year without needing board approval.

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