Lower Colorado River Authority

Fri
16
Aug

Kingsland MUD crews mend flood-damaged wastewater lines

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Crews installed more than 600 feet of new wastewater lines Aug. 14 under the water at the Ranch Road 1431 Bridge in Kingsland. The community's municipal utility district discovered a crack in the pipeline along with a large piece of concrete on the lines; blamed on settling debris from the October flood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As authorities closed a portion of Lake LBJ at the 1431 Bridge Aug. 14, Kingsland Municipal Utility District crews installed several hundred feet of new wastewater line which was pummeled by debris and buried under at least 8 feet of sand during the October flood.

“We were doing an emergency wastewater line replacement,” said Anita LaBier, general manager of Kingsland Municipal Utility District (KMUD). “We've had a couple of issues.”

Tue
06
Aug

Flood prompts proposed Marble Falls water rate hike

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

City officials have proposed an 8 percent increase in the water and wastewater rates for residents due to a decrease in post flood water usage connected to aftermath restrictions as well as a reduction in water use tied to smart meters.

Tue
16
Jul

LCRA adds solar power to generation portfolio

Special to The Highlander

The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Thursday, July 11, it has signed a contract to add 141 megawatts (MW) of solar power to its generation portfolio to serve its wholesale customers beginning in 2021.

Tue
16
Apr

Marble Falls officials release state of city's fire protection services

Contributed
Marble Falls Fire Rescue personnel participated in a course in 2019 to sharpen tight-space and other rescue skills as part of the entity's enhanced efforts for comprehensive training. Pictured, from left, are: Fire Capt. Sam Stacks and Engineer Randy Rankin.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Fire Rescue unveiled the state of local fire service with several new personnel, facility upgrades and training features during the entity's annual report to city leaders.

Tue
26
Mar

Water issues on table at Horseshoe Bay

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Water quality was on the table for discussion at the Horseshoe Bay City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19, as council members considered several fluid topics.

Fri
15
Mar

Lake Marble Falls refill starts Monday, March 18

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on March 18 and conclude by the end of the day on March 21.

LCRA temporarily lowered lakes LBJ and Marble Falls in December to assist lakeside property owners in recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. The drawdown made it easier for residents to remove debris, dredge and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls and other infrastructure.

Unforeseen circumstances such as floods or extended power emergencies could prompt LCRA to change or cancel the drawdowns. Equipment and tools should not be left in the lake unattended and should be removed from the lakebed when not in use.

Fri
15
Mar

Water watchdogs holds LCRA to state oversight

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Jo Karr Tedder of the Central Texas Water Coalition presented an update March 12 to Burnet County Commissioners with a focus on the Sunset Review process which monitors and provides oversight for state agencies and river authorities.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A watchdog group announced a victory in oversight of the Lower Colorado River Authority which can result in improvement recommendations or event potential abolition of water authorities, if they entity demonstrates either wasteful spending or propagates duplicate or unnecessary programs.

Fri
01
Mar

Bridge crews expand work as Lake LBJ drawdown ends

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Following the refill of Lake LBJ to normal operating levels Feb. 27, the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge construction will advance at a quicker pace due to the Texas Department of Transportation contractors ability to utilize additional barges for construction of the span, scheduled to be complete at the end of April.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Contractors with the Texas Department of Transportation have picked up the pace in construction of the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge as the Lake LBJ refill was completed on Feb. 27.

The eight-week, 4 ft. drawdown assisted lakeside property owners with construction, maintenance, dredging and repairs in the wake of the October flood event.

“Our barges and cranes need the additional water to operate,” TXDOT's Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said in a statement.

TXDOT is also partnering with the Lower Colorado River Authority to remove debris and damaged pieces of the bridge, which was swept away in the flood.

Although the lake will be re-opened to boat traffic, recreationists are asked to pay attention to an interim navigation protocol.

Fri
22
Feb

LCRA, TXDOT to extract flood-swept debris from Kingsland 2900 Bridge

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Crews worked Feb. 20 to install rebar in anticipation of creating roadway foundation for the RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland. LCRA and TXDOT officials announced Feb. 21, the entities will partner to remove remaining bridge debris from the waterway.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Mon
18
Feb

LCRA to remove debris from Highland Lakes

Austin M. Berry/Contributed Image
Images of an exposed sandbar, just off Beaver Island near Granite Shoals lakeshore, offered a glance into debris which remains in the waterway, following the October flood in the Highland Lakes. LCRA officials announced Feb. 14 they will take steps to remove some debris which could pose a public safety risk.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Lower Colorado River Authority announced several significant actions to further enhance public safety on Lake LBJ following the historic flooding of last October, according to a press release Feb. 14 from the entity.

Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls are currently drawn down to allow property owners an opportunity to clean up debris and repair docks and other property damaged during the flooding.

The refill of Lake LBJ is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Feb. 24 and conclude by the end of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 18 and conclude by the end of the day on Thursday, March 21.

Following the refill of the lake, LCRA crews will:

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