Lake Dunlap property owners and GBRA reach agreement to fix dam

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA NEWS) -The Preserve Lake Dunlap Association is celebrating after reaching an agreement with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to replace the spill gates. One of those gates collapsed in May.

“Nationally recognized engineering firm Black & Veatch has already been engaged to begin design of the replacement of Lake Dunlap dam,” PLDA president J Harmon told members Wednesday night.

He was reading from a letter signed by GBRA General Manager and CEO Kevin Patteson.

“GBRA will continue to work with Black & Veatch and will fund the completion of all the design engineering work for the spill gate replacement at Lake Dunlap.”

Several details need to be worked out, but the plan depends on the creation of a water control and improvement district. Area residents will have to decide whether to tax themselves to pay for the reconstruction of the spill gates and dam. That issue could be on the ballot as early as next May.

“Here’s a biggie,” said Harmon as he continued reading the letter from Patteson. ” GBRA will contribute all gross revenues generated from the hydroelectric system at Lake Dunlap to the proposed taxing district to fund the continued dam maintenance and operation costs.”

PLDA member  John Moore summed it up this way in a Facebook Post this morning: “It is a great day on Lake Dunlap!”

Meanwhile, property owners around Lake McQueeney, Lake Gonzales, Lake Placid and Meadow Lake are still fighting to keep the GBRA from draining those lakes.

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