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February 3, 2013

TPWD officials inform public and solicit local input at new park meet

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City of Strawn engineer Derek Turner, of Jacob and Martin Engineering, shared the current condition of Tucker Lake, which contains 413 acre feet of water. He said the city is permitted to use up to 168 acre feet per year.

Strawn uses about 50 million gallons annually, he noted, estimating the park would use close to 10 percent of the water the city uses yearly, which would remain under the permitted amount.

According to Strawn City Secretary Danny Miller, a few residents recall the drought of the 1980s, when the lake dropped significantly. He said there is concern that could happen again.

Turner said the lake loses about 117 acre feet per year. If there was no rain, he estimated Strawn would have about three years worth of water.

If Strawn opted to raise the spillway by 2 feet, Turner said this would increase Tucker Lake by 47 million gallons of water.

Largely Thursday's crowd, at least many who spoke up, seemed supportive of plans to deed Tucker Lake to TPWD, but Frazier informed them that Strawn City Council will convene next on Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., at Strawn City Hall.

“I'd like to see many of you there and share your concerns, whether its support for it or you're dead set against it,” he said. “But I need to hear from you folks. And your city council members do as well, because that's how they make their decisions … so let them know.”

“They have to feel good about it,” he told the Index on Friday.

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