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July 05, 2009

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Lake Travis View Article - Protect Lake Travis Assoc. Meeting

 The Protect Lake Travis Association held its annual meeting on June 27th, with a good contingent of Volente residents there. The reporter from the Lake Travis View captured some of the salient parts of the LCRA presentations, so we are presenting the first portion with a link to the full article on their site. Lake Travis View (logo)

 

 
 
LCRA experts speak to PLTA on water quality and quantity 
July 2nd, 2009  
BY ELENI HIMARAS
reporter@ltview.com
 
 Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Water Quality Studies Supervisor John Wedig spoke to the Protect Lake Travis Association Annual Meeting on the quality of water in Lake Travis. His colleague, River Management manager Mark Jordan spoke on quantity.
Needless to say, Wedig had much better news. Jordan told the gathered crowd of about 20 that he would be unsurprised to see 2009 surpass the 1940s and 50s drought of record.
"This drought is significant and it's serious," he said.
Lake Travis is currently at about 645 feet and expected to dip into the 630s within the coming months if the heat wave continues. The last time it was that low was 1984.
Despite the gravity of the situation, Jordan assured the audience that the drought did not mean there wasn't enough water for the critical needs of the area and that a strong tropical storm later this year could turn the drought around.
"The historic low for Lake Travis is 614. That happened at the drought of record in 1951," Jordan said. "The interesting thing is after we got to the lowest level of Lake Travis, we had a rain bomb. We had a rain bomb back then on the Pedernales and the lake jumped up 50 feet in 24 hours."

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