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#12784209 - 06/07/18 05:16 PM The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long
ingvar3000 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/15
Posts: 17
I figure there's some Lake Walter E. Long (aka Decker Lake) stakeholders on this forum. The city of Austin is putting together a master plan for the lake and they've narrowed down the general frameworks to four. Two of the four involve letting the lake dry up.

If you've got an interest in this issue, the city is soliciting feedback through this survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WELArrange

All of the plans involve adding hiking trails and park amenities which are badly needed. But here's a rundown of the major differences:
Plan 1: keep the lake and most of the natural areas around it
Plan 2: keep the lake but put a golf course where there's currently a forest
Plan 3A: lose the lake, turn the dry lake bed into park stuff
Plan 3B: lose the lake and put the golf course in the old lake bed

Now, I fish at Lake Long a lot. But after the power plant shuts down in the near future, it's primary function as cooling water goes away. The current lake level is maintained by pumping water up from the Colorado River. When I was at the community meeting they didn't have any hard numbers for how expensive it is to maintain the lake.
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#12784308 - 06/07/18 07:10 PM Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000]
TXMulti-Species Offline
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Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 267
Loc: DFW
That's a fantastic lake! It would be a real shame to lose it like we did here with North Lake.
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#12784320 - 06/07/18 07:24 PM Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000]
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3349
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
We have lost access to too much public waters in the last few years, need to fight this on3e.
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#12784347 - 06/07/18 07:44 PM Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000]
TXMulti-Species Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 267
Loc: DFW
I realize that these fish aren't as popular as bass, but Decker is a trophy fishery for Smallmouth Buffalo. The lake draws in people from all over the world for just a chance at catching one of these beauties.

Some notable buffs from this lake:






















Edited by TXMulti-Species (06/07/18 07:46 PM)
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PB Common - 20lb 6oz
PB Ghost - 13lb 9oz
PB Koi - 9lb
PB Smallmouth Buffalo - 28lb 12oz

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#12784348 - 06/07/18 07:45 PM Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000]
TXMulti-Species Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 267
Loc: DFW
Drawing in the passionate from all over the globe, certainly not an asset we want to lose.



Edited by TXMulti-Species (06/07/18 07:47 PM)
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New to angling. Catch and release. The dream - to catch at least one of every species in our great state (if I can manage to resist carp)!
https://txmultispecies.imgur.com/

PB Common - 20lb 6oz
PB Ghost - 13lb 9oz
PB Koi - 9lb
PB Smallmouth Buffalo - 28lb 12oz

"Take only memories, leave only footprints, kill only time."

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#12784405 - 06/07/18 08:41 PM Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000]
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Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 45654
Loc: Central Texas
Wow, hate to hear this! Seems Austin is cutting back several areas.

Off topic,they are trying to close Lions Golf Course as well
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#12784629 - 06/08/18 06:48 AM Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000]
blooper961 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/09
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According to TPW stocking reports,Long Lake should be full of bass.
Packed full. Draining it would be a crime.

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