Volente e-News
Edited by Lonnie Moore
Results & Photos from Shoreline Cleanup, Drought Continues , AMG Open House on Sunday Sept. 26, 2009
RESULTS FROM SHORELINE CLEANUP
 
Photo of Jan Yenawine on his debris-laden bargeResults are in from the Volente Shoreline Cleanup and they are indeed impressive:
1) Debris: Six 30-yard dumpsters for a total of 180 cubic yards, weighing at total of 18 tons;
2) Recyclable steel: One 30-yard dumpster was filled with steel weighing 4.5 tons; 
3) Tires: 76
4) Batteries: 31
 
We impressed the heck out of the folks at Keep Austin Beautiful and Colorado River Foundation that organized the lake-wide 15th Annual Underwater and Shoreline Cleanup. They normally see a total of 1-2 dumpsters filled during the event. 
 
Lakeway made a similar effort, also organized by Protect Lake Travis Association. They ran a close second, also with 180 cubic yards of debris.  However, their total tonnage was only 12 tons compared to our 18 tons - they just did not pack their dumpsters the way we did in Volente (photo).Frank Carter of Highland Lakes Marina uses a loader to pack a dumpster
 
We need to single out and thank: Jan Yenawine (top photo) for extensive use of his time and barge to transport materials; Frank (photo right) and Carrie Carter of Highland Lakes Marina who let us use their location, boat ramp and equipment; Todd Kahler of Anderson Mill Marina for use of his facility and personnel; Don Green and his company, Central Texas Refuse, for their donations, reduced pricing and cooperation; Waste Management for donating two dumpsters at Anderson Mill Marina; the city council of Village of Volente, which provided the much-needed contingency funds which allowed us to keep going long after we exceeded the donated dumpster capacity; Volente Neighborhood Association for additional funds and support; Robert Nelson of R. Nelson Concrete who brought his backhoe/loader to help load and pack dumpsters; Al Blunt for providing planning and coordination; and Walt Thompson, who was the first to take charge of a cove cleanup and showed us all how it could be done.
And a big THANK YOU to all of you who participated.
 
Be sure to take a look at photos of the event at: http://volente.phanfare.com/4356399 . There are even more photos reachable from www.volente.org/gallery.
 
There is also a good article on the event in the Sept 17th Four Points News (Hill Country News) found HERE.
Photo of Yenawine's barge being unloaded 
LCRA: DROUGHT STILL CONTINUES DESPITE RAIN
 
Intensity of drought surpasses previous droughts 
Despite scattered rainfall, the Colorado River basin remains in a severe drought that is affecting water supply, LCRA staff told the Board of Directors this week. As a result, LCRA is considering whether to take additional drought management actions. Within the past several weeks, LCRA has asked its wholesale water customers to implement mandatory watering restrictions, with the goal of a 25 percent reduction in water use. LCRA staff has already been talking to agricultural customers in the lower Colorado River basin to advise them of the possibility that water releases for irrigation could be sharply curtailed next year.

The Anderson Mill Gardeners' Open House and Plant Sale
Sunday Sept.27, 2-5pm
Free tours of the Mill and Museum

From Julia Land: Our member Cornelia Ferrell of Hutto has been a very productive gardener this summer unlike many of our lake area residents. We will have her Ruby Crystal grass, ruella, pavonia, Mexican mint marigold, yaupon, English ivy, and Mexican petunia. Plus many other plants, cuttings, seed pods of member favorites.
 
Josh Hinkle's story including Miss Minnie's Mill and Martha Wallgren can still be seen
HERE (KXAN website).
Old photo of pulley used at Anderson Mill
Once the context and the story is lost, historic artifacts in our area are easily mistaken for abandoned old junk. They are often rusty, rotted and/or covered with lake muck. Unlike King Tut's treasures, they may have been crudely built to begin with.
 
March 27,1966, A.T. Jackson attended the dedication of the restored Anderson Mill and took this photo and made this note of the original millstone case and pulley.