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Welcome To The FOLM Website

Friends of Lake McQueeney (FOLM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of Lake McQueeney, Texas, for the enjoyment of all those who live, work, and play on it's waters.

This site is primarily designed for our members to access information  and news about FOLM and the Lake, contact board members, and find useful links to other sites that may be helpful.

You can join or renew your membership online: Click Here


GBRA Provides Updates On Spill Gate Replacement Project for Lake Wood and Schedule for On-Going Repairs At Lake McQueeney and Other Sites

For More Information:
Ja'Nise Solitaire, 830-379-5822, jsolitaire@gbra.org

In March of 2016, during routine gate operations, one of the spill gates in the primary spillway of H5 Dam at Lake Wood experienced a structural failure rendering the gate inoperable. The failure effectively de-watered the lake and precludes the ability to generate hydroelectricity or provide recreational access.

Restoration of Lake Wood is pending on final design and cost of a hydraulically actuated crest replacement gate. GBRA hired consulting engineers to evaluate alternative gate systems for potential replacement of the existing bear trap gates at H-5 Dam and the other dams in the system. 11 selection criteria were established to compare the various spillway gate options. A critical aspect in the evaluation of the replacement gate system is to match as closely as possible the capacity and discharge characteristics of the existing system to avoid adverse upstream or downstream impacts during flood event discharges. Other key considerations for the evaluation include structural modifications to the existing dam to accommodate each alternative and operation and maintenance procedures. A hydraulic crest gate system was determined to be the most robust and operationally efficient. Installation of a new hydraulic crest gate system will require approximately 24 months for construction.

GBRA continues to work with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), as well as other stakeholders, to discuss and develop sustainable funding strategies to finance, construct, operate, and maintain operations of the Guadalupe Valley Hydroelectric System and associated lakes. Availability of funding has a direct impact on GBRA's ability to move forward with construction and installation of the hydraulically actuated crest replacement gate; however, the replacement of the Lake Wood gate remains a priority. GBRA's intent, with possible additional repairs and maintenance, is to allow for a more planned and scheduled replacement process for the entire system of 15 spill gates across all GBRA dams.

Last fall, GBRA began repair activities on the remaining spill gates to address critical components, which failed at Lake Wood, and were in need of immediate repair at the other dams in the system. Repairs initiated at Meadow Lake and Lake Placid due to their condition. Once completed, repairs at lakes McQueeney and Gonzales will begin. The dam at Lake Dunlap received substantial repairs in 2012 and is believed to be in good operational condition and is not included in these scheduled repairs.

Due to the nature of these repairs, a strict timetable of work expected for each spill gate is not practicable, but work is expected to take at least six months at each dam. Contractors are able to work on two dam sites at once, but only one spill gate at each site at a time. This repair sequence is to preserve GBRA's ability to operate the remaining spill gates to pass elevated flows. Additionally, each lake must be lowered 18-24 inches for the duration of the repair activities. Please note weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors may increase the length of time needed to complete this effort.

Schedule Update Related to On-Going Repairs:

Lake Placid
Currently the contractor's schedule indicates repair work at TP-4 Dam will continue through May; however, during construction, GBRA identified additional repairs that will be conducted by GBRA crews after the contractor effort is completed. This will require an additional four weeks with a lowered water surface, therefore, the lake elevation is not anticipated to return to normal pool elevations until the end of June.

Meadow Lake
The contractor's current schedule indicates repair work at Nolte Dam will continue through July. Similar to conditions at TP-4, GBRA has identified additional repairs that will be conducted by GBRA crews after the contractor effort is completed. This will require an additional six weeks with a lowered water surface, therefore, the lake elevation is not anticipated to return to normal pool elevations until early September.

Lake McQueeney
Based on the current progress, GBRA believes repairs at Lake McQueeney will begin as soon as the end of May. In order to assist affected property owners in planning for lowered lake levels, GBRA will begin lowering the lake on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The lake level is expected to be down 18-24 inches for the duration of the repair activities, which is expected to take at least six months.

Lake Gonzales
The repairs at H-4 Dam are expected to start in July and continue through the end of the year. Similar to the other sites, the lake will be lowered 18-24 inches. GBRA will provide updates and a 30-day-notice once a definitive date is determined.

Reminder: Once the lake is lower, if you have a lake pump, turn it off if the intake will be exposed at lower levels.


GBRA Seeks Comments On New Permit Program

On March 28th, The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority made a presentation seeking stakeholder input related to the proposed revisions to GBRA's permit program along the hydro lakes. They have given May 1 as a deadline for comments, so that any changes may be considered in the recommendation to the GBRA Board on May 16.

The GBRA Permit Program Presentation can be download as a PDF file: Click Here (Large file, may be slow to load)

If you have any questions or suggestions, please direct them to Jonathan Stinson, Deputy General Manager,Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority at 830-379-5822 or email, jstinson@gbra.org. Comments can be submitted to cdietert@gbra.org


New Emergency Notification System- Register Now
News Release

News Release
Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030

June 12, 2017

Zebra Mussels Discovered in Canyon Lake

AUSTIN — Invasive zebra mussels have now been positively identified in the Guadalupe River Basin in what is now the state’s southernmost affected lake.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) fisheries biologists and game wardens confirmed the presence of zebra mussels at Canyon Lake June 8. Employees at Canyon Lake Marina noticed the zebra mussels while working on a boat that had been stored in a slip at Crane’s Mill Marina and contacted TPWD to report the discovery and to get verification.

“This is the first positive documentation of zebra mussels in Canyon Lake and in the Guadalupe River Basin,” said Brian Van Zee, Inland Fisheries regional director for TPWD. “Although marina staff have intercepted several incoming boats over the years that had invasive mussels attached, it is essential that boats stored on infested lakes be decontaminated before they’re moved as they are a key pathway for spreading this invasive species.”

The rapidly reproducing zebra mussels, originally from Eurasia, can have serious economic, environmental and recreational impacts on Texas reservoirs and rivers. Zebra mussels can cover shoreline rocks and litter beaches with treacherously sharp shells, clog public-water intakes, and damage boats and motors left in infested waters.

“It’s very unfortunate not only for the reservoir but also for downstream resources – including the Guadalupe River and the reservoirs downstream from Canyon Dam,” said Van Zee.

Canyon Lake is an 8,230-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Guadalupe River, located 30 miles north of San Antonio and 40 miles southwest of Austin. The Guadalupe River and all of the reservoirs downstream of Canyon Lake are now at risk of invasion as zebra mussel larvae disperse downstream, including Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake, Lake Gonzales (H-4), and Lake Wood (H-5).

Additionally, three state-listed threatened freshwater mussels found in the Guadalupe River basin could now be negatively impacted, including the Texas Pimpleback, the Golden Orb and the Texas Fatmucket.

“What’s been documented in other parts of the country is that zebra mussels can colonize on the shells of native mussels, and reach a density where they essentially smother and suffocate the native mussels,” Van Zee said.

Since zebra mussels were first found in Texas in 2009, 10 lakes in four river basins are now classified as infested, meaning they have an established, reproducing population – Belton, Bridgeport, Dean Gilbert (a 45-acre Community Fishing Lake in Sherman), Eagle Mountain, Lewisville, Randell, Ray Roberts, Stillhouse Hollow, Texoma and now Canyon.

Van Zee said that the lake’s popularity as a boating destination for Texans around the state combined with its deep water and suitable habitat made it vulnerable to the spread of zebra mussels.

“Unfortunately, I think this is a textbook scenario of a zebra mussel infestation that is the result of a contaminated boat being launched in the lake,” Van Zee said. “It really hits home how important it is for boaters to take ownership of the problem and to take the appropriate steps before moving a boat with zebra mussels attached as well as to clean, drain and dry their boats every time they leave a lake. We know that Texans love their lakes and rivers and by taking these three simple steps they do a lot of good toward helping prevent further spread of invasive species in our state.”

In Texas, it is unlawful to possess or transport zebra mussels, dead or alive. Boaters are required to drain all water from their boat and onboard receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water in order to prevent the transfer of zebra mussels that might be inside. Zebra mussel larvae are microscopic and both adults and larvae can survive for days in or on boats transported from a lake. The requirement to drain applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not: personal watercraft, sailboats, kayaks/canoes or any other vessel used on public waters.

In addition to the adults and juveniles found in the lake, plankton samples collected from Canyon Lake also found zebra mussel larvae at multiple sites, meaning the lake has a fully established infestation. TPWD is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to continue to assess the extent of the infestation on Canyon Lake.

Boater awareness and education is very important when it comes to the issue of invasive species and TPWD will continue working with its partners across the state to spread the word to boaters.

More information about zebra mussels can be found online at tpwd.texas.gov/ZebraMussels.

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On the Net:

News Roundup:http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/zebra_mussels/

News Images:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/news_images/?g=zebra_mussels

Stop Zebra Mussels Video: http://youtu.be/E4Y5ILzKgHg

 


New Emergency Notification System- Register Now

 

There is an important new emergency notification system being established on the following Guadalupe County Emergency and Fire Marshal Facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/GuadalupeOEM

 

Beginning January 1, 2016 the Regional Emergency Alert Network is switching over to a new Mass Notification Service. This is a supplement to television and radio. You can begin registration immediately by clicking on the following link to activate service:

 

https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723690#/login

 

We highly recommend you follow the link, create and account and sign up for this notification system. The advantage of this system is you specify where to be notified, on your mobile number, text account, email address or home phone. This system, like the Tri-County Emergency Notification system, alerts you where you specify.





Slow Down For Police Boats With Flashing Lights
Slow Down For Police
There seems to be wide spread lack of knowledge regarding a relatively new boating law. It reads as follows:

"Sec. 31.123. REQUIRED RESPONSE TO POLICE WATER SAFETY VESSEL. The operator of a vessel underway, on sighting a rotating or flashing blue beacon light, shall reduce power immediately and bring the vessel to a no-wake speed and subsequent stop until the intention of the water safety vessel is understood."

It the same as slowing down on the highway when a Trooper has a vehicle stopped.

This protects the safety of the officers and the occupants of the stopped boat, plus the potential for damage to the vessels. When a boat is stopped and another boat comes by causing even a small wake, boats bounce together with a potential for injury and/or damage.

This is common courtesy. Please note and adhere to this statute. You or your children may be the ones involved. Please protect all personnel and watercraft involved..

Notice: GBRA Now Requires Permit For Stump/Tree Removal
If you wish to cut stumps from the water in the vicinity of your property,
check out the new GBRA guidelines and permit requirements here:
Stump Removal Guidelines/Process

Krueger Canyon Dam Flood Retention Structure Complete

The flood retention dam across Dry Comal Creek in Comal County is substantially complete. This is the latest of 5 flood retardation structures on the Dry Comal Creek built for the purpose of taking the peak off of flood events by storing water and releasing the impounded water over several days. Combined, they will temporarily impound about 21,971 acre feet of water. They will help with flash flooding peaks that come out of the steep hills in the Dry Comal Creek drainage area, which is extensive. It then flows into the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels and impacts everyone downstream in the river basin. Here are some interesting stats:
Construction Cost: $20,000,000 (Approximate)
Easement Cost (83.027 Ac.): $0
Drainage Area: 3,590 Acres
Dam Height: 85 Feet
Dam Length: 1,500 Feet
Volume of Fill: 69,912 Cubic Yards
Storage: 2,880 Acre-Feet
Surface Area: 120 Acres

Can You Recognize If Someone Is Drowning?


           Think You Know If Someone Is Drowning When You See It?

            Maybe Not!  

           Check Out This Article For Revealing Information.







Public Boat Ramp Status

Every week we get emails asking about the boat ramp situation on the Lake. Since the closing of McQueeney Marina, there are currently NO public ramps or private, fee based boat ramps on Lake McQueeney. While the Lake is a public waterway, the State has not provided public access. Existing boat ramps are either those that are maintained by various subdivisions for their residents use or other ramps on private property. GBRA is looking at the situation in conjunction other state agencies as they develop their Lake Management Plan. We will post any updates on changes they institute as they occur. FOLM is not a governmental agency and has no authority regarding the opening or maintaining of boat ramps. Inquiries should be directed to GBRA and/or Texas Parks and Wildlife.



FOLM partners with the Guadalupe Basin Coalition in Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP)

Click Here for more about FOLM’s active role in protecting the aquifer, our springs, river flow, and water sources.
See latest news about the US Fish and Wildlife approval of plans.

This will be one of the most important issues we deal with in the coming years.



Invasives Hide Here. Clean Your Boat. Save Your Lake.

 

Do You Move Your Boat To And From Different Lakes?

What you can’t see can damage your boat and harm Texas lakes.

Zebra mussels are an invasive species that produce millions of microscopic larvae that can hide in your boat. Adults reach 1 ½ inches and attach to your boat’s motor, hull and to other hard surfaces. Zebra mussels can seriously hamper your boat’s performance and are devastating to our native plants, fish and wildlife.  They also threaten our water supply.

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Watch this short video to learn how you save your boat and our lakes by preventing the spread of zebra mussels when you properly clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear.

Learn more about zebra mussels at www.TexasInvasives.org.

Hello Zebra Mussels. Goodbye Texas Lakes.

 

Video on how to stop the spread of invasive species

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Remember GBRA Watercraft Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations to the right were passed during the March 22, 2006 Guadalupe- Blanco River Authority’s Board of Directors meeting. Representatives from theTexas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and Lake- Wide Associations met with GBRA staff to consider regulations to enhance water safety regarding the equipment and operation of towed or pulled recreation devices; and to discuss water-safety issues in general. A Resolution was drafted and reviewed by the TPWD, Sheriff’s Office and the Lake-Wide Associations before being presented to the GBRA Board. The GBRA Resolution establishes rules and regulations for the equipment and operation of certain recreational devices referred to as and Regulations For Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Lake Nolte (Meadow Lake), Lake H-4 (Lake Gonzales) and Lake H-5 (Lake Wood) in Comal, Guadalupe and Gonzales counties.

Special Traffic Rules For Treasure Island Bridge

GBRA has also established “traffic lanes” under the Treasure Island Bridge. Click the link below to see the map that shows the “lanes” for boats and PWCs passing under the bridge. Any jet ski (PWC) passing under the bridge will be at a no wake speed. Signage will also be posted on the bridge to designate lanes.

Fishing, stopping or anchoring within 100 feet of the bridge is prohibited. The towing of tubes or other inflatables is prohibited under the bridge.

See Map of Traffic Lanes

GBRA's Resolution plus other Resolutions currently in place can be found on the GBRA website, www.gbra.org, under Lake Management.

Note: GBRA has restricted traffic upstream by PWC's (jet skis and wave runners) from the powerhouse across from the Bandit to the Dunlap Dam. See here for more details.

- Fixed Ramps, Rails Prohibited
The installation of fixed ramps, rails, or other devices for the use of riding or sliding with a wake-board is prohibited.

- Towing or Pulling of Inflatables
A motor powered boat or PWC towing or pulling of an inflatable device, or other devise known as a “water-toy” herein referred to as “inflatable” that is attached by rope or other method to a motor powered boat or PWC must be operated so that the motor powered boat or PWC AND the “inflatable” maintain a minimum distance of 50 feet from another vessel, the shoreline, or a fixed structure at all times, except when operating at head-way speed. This regulation does not apply to an operator or individual pulling or towing a skier or wake-boarder utilizing a hand-held rope or lanyard.

Violations of these regulations is a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of $25 to $500.

- A Note About Hazardous Wakes and Wakesurfing
Recognizing the limited size and narrow features of many areas of Lake McQueeney, wake surfing and large wakes can destroy bulkheads and create dangerous conditions for other boaters. So please be respectful of other boaters and homeowners when engaging in this activity.

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