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The Wilkerson Center slideshow
The Wilkerson Center, located on the grounds at LCRA’s Redbud Center, tells the story of the Colorado River that flows through the heart of Texas and touches the lives of more than 1 million people. The Center is open to the public. Visitors learn how LCRA manages the river and why it’s important to conserve and protect it as this region’s main water supply.
Visitors to The Wilkerson Center can:
- Take a self-guided tour of the Wilkerson Center grounds.
- Explore the hands-on exhibit on how managing floods and water supply and generating hydroelectricity.
- Learn how to apply water-conserving landscape practices at home.
- Find out how to help protect the quality of our water supply.
- Participate in learning programs for children.
- Follow a timeline of the river’s impact on history and culture.
- Enjoy the beauty of the grounds, a great view of the river and Tom Miller Dam.
Open: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during emergency operations and holidays
Admission: Free and open to the public
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The Colorado River Foundation (CRF) offers student programs at The Wilkerson Center that teach important science concepts and inspire students to be lifelong stewards of the Colorado River. Educational programs meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. For more information, contact CRF at 512-498-1587.
As an environmental leader, LCRA followed the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines. Compared to other office buildings of its size (35,000 square feet), Redbud Center uses:
- 32 percent less energy.
- 81 percent less water in the building.
- 78 percent less water for landscape irrigation.
View a slideshow of Redbud Center’s green features. The energy- and water-efficient building also houses the LCRA River and Emergency Operations Centers.
River Operations Center
The Highland Lakes and dams are the heart of the lower Colorado River management system. The LCRA River Operations Center (ROC), located in this building, is the brain. The expert staff uses real-time data collection and analysis, computer modeling, and communication tools to pin-point the depth and speed of floodwaters even in remote areas of the lower Colorado River basin. With this information, the ROC can respond quickly to manage the floodwaters and help prevent damage to lives and property. The ROC also manages the water supply stored in Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis for use by cities, industry, agriculture, and the environment.
Emergency Operations Center
When weather conditions are extreme and flooding or other emergencies are imminent, this building also serves as an Emergency Operations Center. The ROC and other key personnel responsible for managing the river meet here to help protect and inform the public. Redbud Center is the activity center where staff coordinates response within LCRA, with communities upstream and downstream, and with state and federal agencies.