Lower Colorado River Authority


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.


NWS warns of possible storms

The latest update from the National Weather Service list Burnet County in an area that may receive up to 3 inches of rain or more in multiple rounds of strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfall tonight through Wednesda, with moderate risk of high winds and hail.
Following this NWS summary is a bit more conservative excerpt from the even more localized weather blog by Bob Rose, chief meterologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority.

LCRA gives solid account

Glynis Crawford Smith/Burnet Bulletin

At the 'State of the LCRA' luncheon held at Wirtz Dam last Wednesday, Oct. 12, Marble Falls City Manager Mike Hodge greets Burnet Mayor Crista Gogle Bromley.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

General manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, Phil Wilson, made his annual “State of the LCRA” presentation Wednesday, Oct. 11, to more than 60 city and county officials from up and down the river.

“The LCRA power plants can provide power for 600,000 homes when demand is at its highest,” he told the crowd gathered at the Wirtz Dam conference center. “We spend about a million dollars every year in capital improvement projects.”

“LCRA is the second biggest transmission company in Texas, with about 5,000 miles of lines,” said Wilson. “We have about $2 billion in transmission assets and we will spend another billion dollars in transmission lines.”

Wilson outlined work on projects aimed at future need. The Lane City Reservoir in Wharton County, he said, could add 90,000 acre-feet of water to the region downstream when it opens next year.

Existing dams have not been neglected.

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