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May 21, 2014

A BALANCING ACT

As area lakes suffer from ongoing drought, Lake Granbury-area residents want increased draw-downs at PK Lake

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Lake Granbury, according to the BRA, is at 681.95 feet, about 11 feet below normal.

Countering Save Lake Granbury is the Possum Kingdom Lake Association that drafted a white paper on May 15 to the BRA, asking the agency to reject the Granbury coalition’s white paper that seeks for increased water draw down.

The Possum Kingdom group’s paper requests “the BRA cease and desist the release of Possum Kingdom Lake water to Lake Granbury for balancing purposes.”

“We have never agreed with efforts to balance [the lakes],” said Jim Lattimore, the association’s president.

He said the group believes it is unfair, especially in a time of drought, to draw down water to balance lake levels, unless there is dire need for resources.

The group has asked the BRA for a meeting to go over their points, he said. The association was not allowed to meet with the BRA at the same time Granbury’s coalition’s met with them.

Once the association is able to meet with the BRA, they will decide if further action is needed, he said.

“We’ve gotten public comment on both sides,” Phillips said of the drawdown fight, “but the [BRA] couldn’t on its own order a change.”

For a change to occur, he said, stakeholders in both Granbury and Possum Kingdom would have to agree to make a change, and the BRA would have to recommend those changes to its board of directors, as it did in 2011. The BRA can’t initiate such a decision on its own.

Last week, Palo Pinto Commissioners approved a resolution that strongly opposes any consideration the BRA might make of a change in the draw down ratio between the lakes.

Palo Pinto County Judge David Nicklas said the county opposed any ratio change because of the value of the lake to residents of Possum Kingdom, as a source of recreation, and for water supply, which is falling. He said 40 percent of the county’s tax base comes from residents in and around Possum Kingdom.

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