Lake Austin Task Force Releases Lake Austin Draft Report

June 27, 2013by Brian Talley

lake austin water skiingOne year after its commissioning to study Lake Austin and how to manage its particular challenges, the Lake Austin Draft Report was released by the 17-member Lake Austin Task Force.

Formed by the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board and Parks and Recreation Board, the Task Force is attempting to address “growing public concern for the health and function of the lake.” Lake Austin area residents have expressed concerns with a proliferation of Hydrilla, erosion on the shoreline, rainfall runoff, increasing watercraft activity (such as with wakeboarding and wake surfing,) and other items.

A few of the initial recommendations included in the draft report:

  • Continued use of Asian Grass Carp as the main solution to Hydrilla in Lake Austin
  • More consistent enforcement of sound regulations for amplified sounds (such as music) and boat engine and exhaust noise
  • Further study into cause of blue-green algae blooms on Lake Austin
  • Support of stream and creek bank stabilization and restoration
  • Investigation of a possible second gas fueling station and additional sewage pumping facilities
  • Study of possible canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals
  • Boat launching fees at public ramps
  • Research of strategies for construction of concessions and/or City facilities
  • Improvement of public boat ramps and parking, especially at Walsh Landing
  • Establishment of a no-wake zone for up to 50 feet of the shoreline for the entire lake

lake austin homes on waterfrontThe Task Force is considering and able to make recommendations on development impacting Lake Austin watershed, such as homes, businesses, docks, marinas, and public facilities; lake use and management, including recreational, commercial, and public use on and adjacent to the lake; protection of the Lake Austin watershed, with items such as water quality, shoreline erosion, and stability; and invasive flora and fauna.

The next step is for the report to be submitted to the Austin City Council for possible action.

View for the full draft of the report. The same link also provides access to videos of the Task Force meetings and updates on the management of Hydrilla in Lake Austin.

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