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