Lake Austin to be Lowered in 2017

Lake Austin Tom Miller Dam

Lake Austin and Lake LBJ will be lowered temporarily in 2017 to allow for property repairs and to kill invasive plants, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower the water level in both lakes about four feet from January 2 to February 13, 2017.

The planned drop in lake level will allow property owners along the lakes to make repairs to their boat docks, shore up and inspect their retaining walls, and make any other repairs needed. LCRA also will engage in control of invasive plants such as hydrilla.

The LCRA lowers water levels every few years for these purposes, but the recent strength of water levels in the Highland Lakes makes this an ideal time. Also, Lake Travis will absorb the water released from Lake LBJ so that it is not lost downstream.