Rain over large areas of the Hill Country continues to be in the forecast this week. LCRA will be closely monitoring inflows to the Highland Lakes, and hydroelectric generation or floodgate operations may be needed to pass storm runoff or floodwaters through any of the Highland Lakes dams.
If flood operations are needed, lake levels may change suddenly. Anyone in or near the lakes should exercise extreme caution. Equipment and tools should not be left in the lakebed of Lake Austin or Lake LBJ overnight, and all equipment should be removed from the shoreline when not in use.
LCRA has temporarily lowered lakes LBJ and Austin to allow property owners to perform needed dock repairs and other maintenance, and to help thwart the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation.
Lake LBJ is lowered about 4 feet, and Lake Austin has been drawn down about 10 feet.
The drawdowns began Jan. 2, and will be concluded by Feb. 13. Lake refills will begin the week of Feb. 6. The drawdown six-week time frame will not be extended.
LCRA lowered the lakes as a service to customers and lakeside property owners. The drawdowns give property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property, as well as to dredge, remove debris and perform other maintenance work. The drawdowns also assist in aquatic vegetation management by exposing plants such as hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil to cool, dry winter weather that severely damages the plants by exposing them to air, killing off the leaves and stems.
Lake LBJ: A permit is not needed for dock repairs, but all work must comply with the
Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes.
Residents and property owners wanting to perform dredging, remove debris or work on existing retaining walls during the Lake LBJ drawdown may do so under LCRA’s lakewide permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, providing the work meets the requirements of the permit.
This fact sheet has information on activities allowed under the lakewide permit. Anyone wanting to conduct work under the permit must register with LCRA (see form below).
On Lake Austin: The City of Austin has specific permit requirements for work performed on Lake Austin during the drawdown. For more information, see the
Oct. 21, 2016, news release or contact the City of Austin Development Assistance Center at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, or 512-974-6370.
Registration for Dredging and Shoreline Maintenance Work on Lake LBJ
Dredging and shoreline maintenance activities conducted under LCRA’s Lakewide Permit while Lake LBJ is lowered must be registered with LCRA. After registering your project, download the
Lakewide Permit and Permit Notice. The permit notice must be posted at the site of any work.