In a “white paper” presented to Brazos River Authority staff, Granbury property owners requested BRA change the lake level formula.
“They would like BRA to change the draw-down protocol from the Halff Study from the current 1.75:1 or 1:1 ratio (depending on conditions) to a ratio of up to 3.5:1 so that more water is released from PK to Lake Granbury,” reported Matt Phillips, BRA government and customer relations manager, in late April. “They would also like Granbury to be maintained at no lower than 690 feet mean sea level, which is about 2.5 feet below full. Another of their contentions is that, because there are more facilities located on Lake Granbury than on PK, Lake Granbury should be given more consideration due to greater economic impacts.”
The resolution from commissioners recognizes the Halff study as “a proven working solution.”
It also contends that “an increase in ratio would only serve to adversely affect the already extremely low lake levels of Possum Kingdom Lake and deprive the residents and businesses of Possum Kingdom Lake of the enjoyment and livelihood afforded by the lake.”
“Therefore be it resolved that the commissioners court of Palo Pinto County strongly opposes any increase in the draw down ratio that currently exists between Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Granbury.
That resolution passed 5-0.
“The BRA has no plans to make any changes to the draw-down protocol at this time,” Phillips added. “We would only consider doing so with full participation from individuals representing interests at PK and Granbury.”