November 15, 2019
The Independent Expert Panel has completed its full assessment.
With the report on Lake Gonzales, the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) has now completed its full assessment of the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. The completed IEP reports reinforce the safety concerns surrounding the aging dams by reaffirming and extending previously outlined restricted areas on the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. We appreciate the members of the IEP for their thorough effort to understand and define areas of each lake that can pose a hazard to those on and around the lakes in the event of a spillgate failure.
The prohibited and restricted areas as outlined by the IEP report will be marked by additional signage and buoys. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority continues to work in coordination with law enforcement authorities to monitor and enforce the recommended prohibited and restricted areas.
October 10, 2019
Preserve Lake Dunlap Association (PLDA) Agreement
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) is committed to being a good neighbor and serving as a collaborative partner in the effort to identify viable solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. To that end, GBRA is in strong support of Preserve Lake Dunlap Association’s (PLDA) proposal to create a water control improvement district to fund the necessary replacement of the spillgates at the hydroelectric dam at Lake Dunlap. GBRA is prepared to present its Board of Directors with a proposed memorandum of understanding with PLDA outlining these agreements at the Oct. 23, 2019 meeting for formal approval. Meanwhile, GBRA will continue working with the other lake associations to determine the long-term solutions for the remaining lakes.
September 26, 2019
GBRA Board Approves Ordinance
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) Board of Directors voted to approve an ordinance prohibiting any activity on the Guadalupe Valley Lakes, with the exception of Lake Dunlap. The ordinance further reinforces the no activity mandate that went into effect per the court order that was issued last week. Per the ordinance, individuals found in violation of the restrictions will be subject to criminal prosecution and fines of up to $500.
“This ordinance serves as another measure to ensure the safety of those around the Guadalupe Valley Lakes,” said GBRA General Manager Kevin Patteson. “We appreciate the continued cooperation of the lake associations and county officials as we work to mitigate the risks associated with the aging dams and identify a long-term solution.”
The approved ordinance will begin circulating in newspapers immediately to ensure the public is fully aware of parameters and associated penalties, in accordance with state law. The ordinance will rely on county resources to implement and effectuate citations. GBRA continues to work collaboratively with the Guadalupe, and Gonzales county attorney offices on the monitoring and enforcement of restrictions.
As part of the settlement, three experts will be appointed to decide what, if any, areas of each lake would be safe for activity given the compromised nature of the dams. The panel will complete its investigation within the next 30 to 60 days. The ordinance will be updated once the panel of experts completes its investigation.
The next GBRA Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 23. Visit https://gbra.org/board/meetings.aspx for more information.
September 16, 2019
The dams forming the Guadalupe Valley Lakes remain in dire need of replacement, having surpassed their useful life at more than 90 years old. The settlement in the Guadalupe Valley Lakes litigation helps the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority achieve its immediate priority of ensuring the safety of those on and around the lakes while simultaneously continuing to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to preserve their long-term sustainability. This temporary injunction will allow all parties to continue to work together to identify a solution and funding for the necessary replacement of the dams. While GBRA will work closely with law enforcement officials to enforce activity restrictions, it is of the utmost importance that the community adhere to the limitations and continue to respect all restrictions until a long-term solution can be reached.
- GBRA and the plaintiffs in the Guadalupe Valley Lakes litigation have agreed to a settlement of a temporary injunction that prevents the lakes from being dewatered for 12 months while creating additional assurances to prioritize the safety of those on and around the lakes
- As part of the settlement, a panel of three experts will be appointed to decide what, if any, areas of each lake would be safe for activity given the compromised nature of the dams
- GBRA and the plaintiffs will each appoint an expert to the panel – those two experts will then select a third-party expert to assist with the effort, creating the panel of three
- The panel will be appointed and have 30 days to determine what zones, if any, are safe for activity. The panel will have the opportunity to extend this window by an additional 30 days
- Lakes, with the exception of Lake Dunlap, will be closed to all activity beginning Thursday, Sept. 19, until the panel has reached a decision on what areas, if any, are safe for activity
- Professional law enforcement, acting as lake patrol, will be added to enforce the restrictions on each lake
- GBRA will partner with law enforcement officials to ensure the enforcement of the lake restrictions
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