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LCRA skips 2021 drawdown

Monday, November 23, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Friday that it will not draw down Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls or Austin lakes in 2021. “With dry weather upon us and the fact we’ve drawn down all the lakes within the last four years, we’ve decided not to lower any of the lakes in 2021,” Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager, said in a statement to the press. “We’ll consider another drawdown next year about this time, for a potential lowering in early 2022.” In general, LCRA will draw down lakes around the beginning of the year to allow homeowners along the four pass-through lakes to make repairs on docks, retaining walls and the like. According to a press release from the river authority, “Lakes Inks, LBJ and Marble Falls generally are considered for a drawdown once every four years, unless an additional lowering is necessary because of a flood or other significant event. Lakes Inks and LBJ were last lowered in 2020, and Lake Marble Falls was last lowered in 2019 … Lake Austin, which is owned by the city of Austin, was last lowered in 2017, at the request of the city.”

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