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The Highland Lakes
1. Sonny's Tradition Restaurant & Club

April 9, 1999 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

A Guide to Austin Lakes and What to Do on Them
Boating, ziplining, and more water activities to enjoy
"...one of the city’s greatest treasures is its breathtaking lakes. Or rather, what can be done on those lakes...."

Aug. 24, 2021 Chronolog Post by Avery Wohleb

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Highland Lake Water
LCRA vote on White Stallion coal plant permit pushed to August
"...Central Texas, holding control of our two local variable-level lakes, Travis and Buchanan (the other four lakes are kept..."

June 15, 2011 News Post by Ramon Martinez

Political and Business Leaders Oppose Lake Travis Wastewater Discharge
Leander and Granite Shoals have petitioned TCEQ to lift discharge ban
"...lift the ban on discharging treated wastewater into the Highland Lakes...."

Nov. 13, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Dip, Sip, & ’Que: A Texas Trilogy
Day Trips on the best barbecue and swimming holes in Central Texas
"...drought has relaxed its grip on the state, the lakes and rivers are full once again and ready to..."

June 30, 2016 Columns Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Becoming Drought Tolerant
Central Texas looks for ways to balance population growth with future water supplies
"...could threaten to overtake its water supply; it shows lakeside residents and businesses closing their doors to the beached..."

Aug. 29, 2014 News Feature by Lizzie Jespersen

day trips
"...the largest and northernmost of the chain of six lakes called the Highland Lakes. At more than two miles..."

May 23, 1997 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Big River
How healthy is Austin's Colorado River?
"...dams that gave birth to Austin's reservoirs and the Highland Lakes, Central Texas and communities downstream would hardly have..."

June 16, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Austin Pilots New Tactics to Address Toxic Algae Blooms
Toxin found in Sculpture Falls poses greater risk to humans
"...Festival Beach. Toxins have also been found across the Highland Lakes, including in Lake Travis and Lake Austin earlier..."

Oct. 15, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup
Adventures abound all the way up to Albuquerque
"...think twice about taking your dog swimming in the Highland Lakes this summer. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)..."

Aug. 6, 2021 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Austin Water’s Aquifer Storage Project Steams Ahead
Project aims to store drinking water underground in the event of another supply issue
"...in response to the 2008-16 drought, which reduced the Highland Lakes to historically low levels. On March 24, AW..."

April 1, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Public Notice: Test Your Water Knowledge
Everywhere you turn, the issue is water
"...The LCRA announced Wednesday that "the drought gripping the Highland Lakes is now the most severe drought the region..."

Feb. 20, 2015 News Column

Say No to White Stallion Coal Plant
"...Editor, Re: “Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Highland Lake Water” [Newsdesk, News blog, June 15]: Why should..."

July 21, 2011 Postmarks

Point Austin: When the Well Runs Dry
While our leaders fiddle a manufactured crisis, the land is burning
"...could be looking at the effective extinction of the Highland Lakes...."

Oct. 11, 2013 News Column by Michael King

No Wastewater in the Lake, Please
Austin area officials oppose discharging treated wastewater into Lake Travis
"...lift the ban on discharging treated wastewater into the Highland Lakes. The two cities filed the petition with the..."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Day Trips
"...Without aquaculture programs like the Inks Dam Hatchery the lakes, rivers, and streams could be depleted of fish by..."

July 25, 1997 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project Could Mitigate Effects of Climate Change
Council approves phase 1 of project that could store 60,000 acre-feet of water underground by 2040
"...gets its water from the Colorado River and the Highland Lakes. With the ASR project, already treated water captured..."

Sept. 11, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

When Did the Single-Family Home Go From Being the American Dream to an Urbanist Nightmare?
One policy wonk's view of how we got here
"...lighter development over the Edwards Aquifer and near the Highland Lakes, our drinking water supply...."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Daryl Slusher

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these
"...in October, causing catastrophic damage in communities along the Highland Lakes and sending the equivalent of "four and a..."

Dec. 28, 2018 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: Who Needs 10-1?
Grumpy mayor provides plenty of drama
"...One day after the LCRA suspended releases from the Highland Lakes for the fourth straight year, in view of..."

Nov. 28, 2014 News Column by Nick Barbaro

LCRA Treads Water in Dry Times
The LCRA emerged from the 83rd relatively unscathed, but still no one is particularly happy
"...Despite the best efforts of a handful of Highland Lakes-region legislators, the Lower Colorado River Authority emerged from..."

June 14, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Drought: The End Is Not Near
Lake levels drop as temperatures rise
"...June inflow into the Colorado River-fed Highland Lakes dropped to less than 1% of the monthly..."

July 29, 2011 News Feature by Ramon Martinez

Don't Build Water Nuke
"...issued a press release reporting that inflows to the Highland Lakes over the last two years were 400,000 acre-feet..."

Sept. 29, 2009 Postmarks

Commissioners Court: A Flood of Planning
Travis County takes up the Onion Creek flood plan, and other regional matters
"...of Engineers' flood studies on Onion Creek and the Highland Lakes is imminent. Those three-year studies will recommend a..."

Dec. 3, 2004 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Hill Country Happenings
As the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival approaches, Virginia B. Wood sets the table.
"...Highland Lakes The formerly quiet Highland Lakes villages of Marble..."

April 4, 2003 Food Feature

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...Responding to concerns raised by citizens along the Highland Lakes -- including state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay..."

Jan. 3, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Day Trips
"...The mixture of granite hills, scenic pastures, and the Highland Lakes make this the quintessential Hill Country drive. Stop..."

April 5, 2002 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Council Watch
The Gotham Cometh: Town Lake Condo Clears First Hurdle; Council Moves On to Water
"...subject to more comprehensive planning). What's good for one lakeside neighborhood is good for another, the majority council reasoned,..."

Oct. 8, 1999 News Column by Jenny Staff Johnson

The LCRA Means Business
Authority's Plans to Expand Threatens Austin's Control Over Growth
"...The LCRA has created the Highland Lakes Ordinance to protect the banks of the Colorado..."

Feb. 7, 1997 News Feature by Alex de Marban

As Wastewater Plants Fail, TCEQ Fails to Regulate
Local conservationists seek to boost "beneficial reuse"
"...wastewater treatment plants on their pollution contributions to local lakes and streams. They didn't do so hot: 81% of..."

Dec. 25, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

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