The City of Graham has passed a resolution formally opposing the release of water from Possum Kingdom Lake down the Brazos River to Lake Granbury for “balancing” purposes, marking another step in a battle for water between the two lakes.
Related to similar resolutions passed by the PK Lake Association and the Young County Commissioners Court, this action is the latest is a series of concerted political steps taken by both communities in attempts to control the economic viability of their respective lakes.
Graham’s resolution, passed at the June 19 city council meeting, is based on a report conducted and adopted in May by the PK Lake Association regarding the release of water from PK Lake to raise the level of Lake Granbury. This report, referred to as the “White Paper,” outlines the PK Lake Association’s opinion that the Brazos River Authority is mismanaging the two lakes.
The BRA established a protocol in 2008 that creates a drawdown ratio between PK Lake and Lake Granbury of 1-to-1, or, for every foot Lake Granbury drops, water is released from PK Lake until it has also dropped one foot.
The BRA’s purpose for the ratio, as outlined in the White Paper, is to balance economic impact on the two lakes during periods of drought. In 2011 that ratio was increased from 1-to-1 to 1-to-1.75.
“No known justification was provided at that time or since as to the necessity of ‘balancing’ the lakes,” the report states. “It appeared as though the need for some kind of balance was simply to allay the protests of Lake Granbury residents who were accustomed to relatively constant levels due to the operation of the hydroelectric plant below PK.”
In January, a coalition representing Lake Granbury released its own report requesting the BRA increase the drawdown ratio two fold, up to 1-to-3.5. The resolution passed by Young County Commissioners last month formally opposes an increase in this drawdown ratio, while the latest resolutions by the City of Graham and the PK Lake Association oppose releasing water from PK Lake for balancing purposes and seek to have the ratio abolished.
Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.