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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
" 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

Stage 2 Drought Restrictions Begin as Highland Lake Levels Continue to Drop
Restaurants can only serve water upon request, new irrigation rules
"...release from Austin Water Friday morning, combined storage in Lakes Travis and Buchanan – the Highland Lakes that supply..."

Aug. 11, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

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

Oil Exec Wants to Redirect Austin’s Drinking Water For His Private Lake
Pending permit would disrupt flows amid severe drought
"...South Llano River – a major tributary into the Highland Lakes, which supply Austin’s drinking water – all for..."

Aug. 17, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

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

Why Austin Can’t Seem to Quit Its Despised Coal Plant
Locals continue to get coal for Christmas
"...that supplies our fair city's drinking water through the Highland Lakes. LCRA also produces and sells electric power, manages..."

Dec. 1, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

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

Is Kyle’s Water Problem a Microcosm of Central Texas Drought Issues?
Straight outta water
" face challenges with the Colorado River and the Highland Lakes with climate change and growth; we're going to..."

Sept. 29, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

It’s Gonna Be a Long, Hot Summer – Again
City and county brace for drought, wildfire season
"...response to rainfall,” and Austin’s drinking water supply, the Highland Lakes, are still only about half full at 53%..."

May 24, 2024 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

New Reservoirs Should Curb Boil Water Notices in South Austin
Austin Water staffing improves but drought will get worse
"...2 mitigation protocols by July, AW estimates. Right now, Lakes Travis and Buchanan are about half full at 1..."

May 26, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

Austin Water’s Aquifer Storage Project Steams Ahead
Project aims to store drinking water underground in the event of another supply issue
" 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
" 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

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