LCRA considers new dredging ordinance for Highland Lakes
Public comments welcome through Sept. 24
Aug. 27, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas – The Lower Colorado River Authority is considering a new dredging ordinance that would establish rules for commercial dredging on the Highland Lakes for the first time.
The proposed new Highland Lakes Dredge and Fill Ordinance is available for review at www.lcra.org/public-comment.
LCRA welcomes public comments on the proposed ordinance through Sept. 24. Comments will be accepted online at www.lcra.org/public-comment, or during a Sept. 15 public meeting. The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. in Building A at LCRA’s Dalchau Service Center, 3505 Montopolis Drive, in Austin. People who submit comments online do not need to also submit comments at the meeting.
In addition to new commercial dredging rules, the proposed ordinance includes dredging requirements and standards for non-commercial projects that are currently in the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance. LCRA is also considering a new fee schedule related to the permitting of dredging activities and the administration of the dredging ordinance. All the proposed changes, including edits to the watershed ordinance to remove the current dredging rules, are available for review on the LCRA website.
The LCRA Board of Directors is expected to consider the proposed changes at its Nov. 17 meeting in Austin.
The Board instituted a one-year moratorium on commercial dredging on the Highland Lakes in February after determining the provisions regulating dredging in the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance did not adequately address large-scale commercial activity.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.