Please exercise caution when enjoying the Guadalupe Valley Lakes – adhere to all posted guidelines, safety measures and beware of prohibited and restricted zones in your area. GIS Map
June 6, 2022
The Texas Supreme Court has denied the plantiffs’ petition for review in the Williams v. GBRA case, affirming the decision rendered by the Fourth Court of Appeals. This will make the dismissal of all claims against GBRA final and immediate. Read More.
CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE UPDATE
APRIL 4, 2022
Lake McQueeney & Lake Placid
Obtaining the necessary permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) remains the next step in the process in order to begin construction to replace the spillgates and enhance the dams at Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid.
GBRA formally initiated the permitting process with USACE in August 2021 during the engineering design phase of both projects. In late 2021 we were informed that both the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid projects would be subject to additional permitting requirements, different from what was required for the Lake Dunlap project.
There are currently three key issues identified by USACE that GBRA is working to address to obtain the necessary permits: wetland mitigation requirements, environmental requirements and cultural resource requirements.
GBRA conducted a biological assessment at each dam and has presented an approach to wetland mitigation requirements and environmental requirements to the USACE. We are awaiting formal response, but have received indication that our existing mitigation strategies will likely satisfy the necessary requirements. We anticipate the cultural resources requirements, which includes both architectural and archeological requirements, will be the longest lead item to obtaining permit approval. GBRA’s consultant has completed field studies in accordance with the sampling plan approved by the Texas Historical Commission and USACE. Findings from these field studies are being summarized in a report that will be presented to these agencies for review in April. This review has the potential to trigger additional requirements, but we will not have that information until review of the report has been completed.
We understand that these unforeseen delays are frustrating to the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid communities who are eager to begin construction. While we continue to navigate a great deal of uncertainty in this new permitting process, our engineering and executive teams are doing everything they can to address all requirements as quickly as possible. While we are not certain how long it will take to receive permit approval, we are looking at scenarios in which we would initiate the 60-day general contractor bid process in summer 2022.
LAKE DUNLAP CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Progress is being made on the Lake Dunlap dam project. Construction began in May 2021 with an estimated completion timeline of 24 months pending unforeseen weather delays.
Lake Gonzales experienced a spillgate failure on August 3, 2021. The evaluation and inspection of the failed spillgate conducted by GBRA and third-party engineering consultants determined that there are no repair mechanisms available that can be safely accomplished to bring the gate back into operation. Without the ability to repair the failed spillgate, funding will need to be identified for the replacement of the spillgates in order to restore the lake. An exhaustive search for potential funding options has not returned any viable options to date.
Safety is our top priority
Please remember to exercise caution when enjoying the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. The hydroelectric dams that form the lakes have surpassed their useful life and can pose a life-threatening risk to anyone within the prohibited and restricted unsafe zones.
Prohibited unsafe zones upstream and downstream of the dams and spillgates, marked in red, are unsafe for all activities on or in the water including boating, canoeing, jet skiing, swimming, wading, tubing, etc. Restricted unsafe zones, marked in yellow, are unsafe for all in water activities including swimming, tubing, and wading.
The safety of our community remains our top priority. Signage and buoys have been added on and around the water to clearly mark prohibited and restricted areas.
We encourage you to input your address into the map below to familiarize yourself with the restrictions in your area before going out on and around the water. Please adhere to all posted guidelines and safety measures and report any violations of these guidelines to local authorities.
View Restrictions in Your Area
Click the map below to input your address and familiarize yourself with the restrictions in your area before going out on and around the water. Please adhere to all posted guidelines and safety measures and report any violations of these guidelines to local authorities.
Who Do I Contact?
GBRA continues to work closely with the community toward the common goal of ensuring the longevity of the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. GBRA has financing and operation agreements in place with the voter-approved WCIDs for Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, and Lake Placid, and continues to meet with lake associations. If you have a WCID and/or lake association, we encourage you to get involved with them as they are the best point of contact and source of information to ask questions and provide input about your specific lake.