We're in a drought. Now what?
There are some things you can do (from the Brazos River Authority):
Safety is the biggest concern on Lake Granbury as as lake levels decline. If you want to continue using your boat as Lake Granbury declines, be aware of new hazards. As lake levels decline, stumps, rocks and other hazards that were once covered in water have begun to emerge. More will join them if levels continue to decline. It’s best to stay near the centerline buoys, especially if you’re towing a tuber or skier behind your boat. Be diligent and slow down so you can see the hazards before your watercraft feels them.
If you’re a lakeside property owner and have a dock, watch the level of water under your dock for “floatability” if you’d like to trailer your boat to use in another reservoir. In 2011, many people waited too long and could not remove larger boats with a deeper draft. Every area of the lake bottom is different. What works for your neighbors may not work for you.
If you have a permit to access lake water for watering your landscaping, the lake level may drop beyond the point of access for your pump. Depending on your pump’s location, you may be able to move it out further into the lake as water levels decline, or that may not be possible. If/when this occurs, contact the Brazos River Authority office to see if moving the pump is an option. If it is not, turn pumps and automatic sprinkler equipment off so that the motors don’t burn out.
Lower lake levels provide opportunities to repair or build sea walls to guard against property erosion. Lower levels also provide conditions that make it easier to dredge around docks, make repairs or upgrades and remove stumps. If you’d like to take advantage of this time, call the Brazos River Authority at 817-573-3212 and they will help.
Once the lakebed becomes dry, weeds begin to accumulate. It is possible to trim these areas, but state law prohibits motorized vehicles from the lake and river beds. Handheld gas, electric or battery-powered tools (like weed eaters) could do the trick.