Common Misconceptions

GBRA is a taxing entity

The Facts: GBRA is not a taxing entity and does not receive any tax money.

GBRA receives public funds for the maintenance and operation of the dams

The Facts: GBRA has never received any public monies for the dams. Maintenance and operational costs have been covered by GBRA’s hydroelectric business, which has been operating at a loss in recent years.

GBRA is choosing not to conduct necessary repairs on the dams

The Facts: Emergency repairs being made to the spillgates were discontinued after the spillgate failure at Lake Dunlap for safety reasons. The spillgate failures are due to the deterioration of original structural steel components. Consultation with third-party experts has confirmed repairing the dams would be more costly and less effective than making the necessary replacement.

The Guadalupe Valley Lakes are flood control measures

The Facts: The Guadalupe Valley Lakes help pass water downstream from Canyon Lake, but they do not serve a purpose in flood control because they have no room for temporary storage of flood waters.

The dams are not a safety issue

The Facts: The dams have surpassed their useful life at more than 90 years old. Based on the two spillgate failures that have occurred to date, the four remaining dams pose an imminent risk to the surrounding communities. GBRA is actively working to mitigate these safety risks with this drawdown.

GBRA makes money on the dams

The Facts: Guadalupe Valley Energy Coop (GVEC) buys hydroelectric power generated by the dams from GBRA. While the dams generate revenue, it is not enough to cover the annual operating costs resulting in a deficit.

GBRA is using money for other projects instead of replacing the dams

The Facts: All of GBRA’s lines of business are self-sustaining to ensure maximum benefit for those who use the different services. Therefore, only money made by the dams is used for their maintenance and operation. The hydroelectric operation is currently operating at an annual deficit, eliminating the possibility of potential monies that could be used to fund their replacement.

The community needs to help fund the replacement of the dams

The Facts: The hydroelectric dams are currently operating at an unsustainable deficit. GBRA is working closely with key stakeholders – including the lake associations as well as city and county representatives – to identify funding for the necessary replacement and continued maintenance and operational cost of the dams.

This is happening because GBRA has not maintained the dams

The Facts: The dams have been regularly maintained and inspected, and significant repairs were made following the floods of 1998 and 2002. Significant repairs were also made to the Lake Dunlap dam in 2011.

Who Do I Contact?

GBRA continues to work closely with the community to mitigate the impact of this decision by meeting regularly with the lake associations and is committed to remaining engaged and responsive. If you have a 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.

Citizens United for Lake Placid

Kevin Skonnord

Friends of Lake McQueeney

Lindsey Gillum

Meadow Lake Nolte Dam Association

Janet Hudson

Preserve Lake Dunlap Association

J Harmon

Friends of Lake Wood

GBRA has also established a dedicated email address to help streamline and prioritize communications with property owners and community members affected by this situation.

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority