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LCRA to lower lakes in 2019

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes early next year in an ongoing effort to help those recovering from flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. According to an LCRA press release, the organization will draw down lakes LBJ and Marble Falls for eight weeks, from Dec. 30 to Feb. 23, making it easier for lakeside residents “to remove debris and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls and other infrastructure.” As for the specifics: “LCRA will lower Lake LBJ about 4 feet, from its normal operating range of 824.4 to 825 feet above mean sea level (feet msl) to a range of 820.2 to 820.8 feet msl. The lake will be lowered about 1 foot a day for four days beginning Dec. 30 … Lake Marble Falls will be lowered about 7 feet, from its normal operating range of 736.2 to 737 feet msl to a range of 729 to 730 feet msl. The lake will be lowered about 1 foot a day for seven days beginning Dec. 30.” More information, including details on what work is allowed during the drawdown, can be found online or by calling LCRA Water Quality Protection at 512-578-2324.

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