The Lake Granbury Coalition made an argument to Brazos River Authority officials, State Sen. Brian Birdwell and State Rep. Jim Keffer wanting changes so the lake will have more water.
The argument they presented was that lower lake levels at Granbury have a greater economic impact than lower lake levels at Possum Kingdom Lake.
We understand what they are stating. We understand their concerns. We understand their fear of losing business. We also understand that they have changed their target somewhat, changing the strategy from home values to economic impact. We get it.
Fortunately, at least, Keffer understands there is a lot more to consider than just Granbury’s economic well-being.
PK Lake has an impact on far more than just the businesses at the lake. That impact stretches far beyond the marinas, businesses, camps and parks — it stretches across county lines.
Graham, Weatherford, Breckenridge, Strawn, Mineral Wells, Santo and more communities see the benefit of travelers entering their communities and stopping for fuel, food and forgotten items. Visitors come from the Metroplex, Wichita Falls, the Panhandle, West Texas and South Texas to visit PK Lake. The economic impact to this region of Texas is hard to quantify, but it is real.
It seems folks in Granbury see PK Lake as their personal water storage facility, one with unlimited resources to maintain their lifestyle.
They see docks out of water, boat ramps inaccessible and fewer visitors. They see PK Lake’s elevation as a “horn of plenty” that would keep Granbury nearly full with little harm to PK.
Unfortunately, that is not the situation.
PK also has docks setting on dry land, piers well away from the water, places where a person can walk across and few usable boat ramps. There are commercial docks that are not usable — in other words, PK is suffering, too.
Also keep in mind, BRA is releasing 75 cubic feet per second from the dam, while Lake Granbury’s release is 28 cfs.
Do the math. Unless the water is being sucked out of the Brazos River between the two lakes, Granbury should be seeing the benefit of a 47 cfs gain. The math shows that it comes out to a 93-acre-feet per day increase in what Lake Granbury should be receiving.
There is, of course, evaporation, absorption and possibly diversion. The result remains the same, Lake Granbury is getting water from PK at a rate that should be helping its lake level — every day.
And you folks want more. Will it ever be enough?