Volente e-News
Edited by Lonnie Moore
Volente Shoreline Cleanup; Wastewater Threat to Lakes August 7, 2009
  shoreline debrisResponse to the proposed Great Volente Shoreline Cleanup has been very positive so far. Details are still being worked out, but planners are hoping to have two collection points in Volente with large dumpsters available. Barges (and in some cases, trailers) will be used to transport the debris to the collection points. The collection would take place Fri-Sun, Sept. 11-13, but most of the shoreline work could be done ahead of time. 
We have heard from a lot of you already, but we still need more volunteers to commit to the time & effort to remove exposed debris and help load/unload it. The cleanup is being organized into sections by cove or by area of shoreline, so talk to your neighbors about it and get them involved. If you will participate but have not already responded, simply reply to this email or send a message to lonnie@lonniemoore.com.
Rusty barrels line the bottom of a cove

 This photo of Volente shoreline was taken by Roger Shull from his son-in-law's airplane on July 4, 2009.
Aerial photo by Roger Shull taken July 2009 
Water Matters is the electronic newsletter of the Highland Lakes Group. We recommend everyone concerned with water issues subscribe to this excellent newsletter. Simply go to their website to sign up; membership is not required. The article below is reprinted from their most recent issue for August, 2009. 
The newsletter of the Highland Lakes Group
 Volume 16-6                 August, 2009
Cities Want To Discharge Wastewater into Lakes 
According to a recent article in the Marble Falls Highlander weekly newspaper, several communities around the Highland Lakes will petition the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to ask that the state's ban on releasing treated wastewater into the Highland Lakes be lifted.
The May, 2009, edition of Water Matters newsletter contained a related article about an LCRA study that enabled that agency to simulate the effect on the water clarity of Lake Travis that might result from new releases of treated wastewater into the lake. That study, titled CREMS (Colorado River Environmental Models Project), which will soon be extended to include Lake LBJ, was begun in 2004 under the direction of LCRA manager Lisa Hatzenbuehler. So, this initiative to lift the no-discharge rule comes as no surprise to LCRA, which has been preparing itself for several years to evaluate the threat to the water quality of the Highland Lakes resulting from any change in the TCEQ rules regarding wastewater effluent discharge.
The cities that have so far endorsed the idea of lifting the no-discharge rule include Marble Falls, Kingsland, Granite Shoals and Leander. The city staff of the City of Jonestown has also pointed out the economic advantages of discharging effluent into the lakes, although the city council itself has not so far expressed any preference in the matter. Leander is currently asking for a large increase in its water supply from Lake Travis under its contract with LCRA.

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