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The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long #12784209
06/07/18 10:16 PM
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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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Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000] #12784308
06/08/18 12:10 AM
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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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Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000] #12784320
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We have lost access to too much public waters in the last few years, need to fight this on3e.


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Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000] #12784347
06/08/18 12:44 AM
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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:





















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Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000] #12784348
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Drawing in the passionate from all over the globe, certainly not an asset we want to lose.


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Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000] #12784405
06/08/18 01:41 AM
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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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Re: The plan to drain Lake Walter E. Long [Re: ingvar3000] #12784629
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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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