Marble Falls lake filling starts on Monday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After the Lower Colorado Authority (LCRA) lowered Marble Falls Lake nearly seven feet in October 2022, they plan to begin refilling it starting Monday, January 16th. The lake was lowered for more than three months to allow for work on the intake structure of the Starke Dam.

For lakeside residents working/maintaining their personal docks or retaining walls, the LCRA warns that all work equipment on the bottom of the lake must be removed by Sunday.

The lake will be filled with a combination of water released from Buchanan Lake, which is directed downstream through Inks Lake and LBJ Lake, and water entering the Colorado River from tributaries to Marble Falls Lake or upstream. The LCRA adds that this replenishment could potentially cause Buchanan Lake to fall by several inches.

The replenishment is expected to be completed by Thursday, January 19th.

According to the LCRA, they will continue to pump water downstream through a partially open lock to meet daily water needs and regulate the level of Marble Falls Lake for several weeks. Flows through the partially open lock will not exceed what is consumed in hydroelectric power generation.

In the event of heavy rains with flooding here in Central Texas, the LCRA will notify the public and send alerts through its Flood Alert Service. This will be done if they feel the need to divert stormwater through the opening of additional sluices.

In detail: what awaits us in 2023?

The LCRA does not plan to release any additional bypass lakes in the Highland Lakes chain in 2023. This includes Lakes Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, and Austin. The next opportunity for the planned descent of the lake will appear in 2024.

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