Lake Austin recommendations headed to council


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on May 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 10:41 PM

AUSTIN –  It was a very busy day Monday on Lake Austin at the Walsh Boat Landing on Lake Austin Boulevard. This Memorial Day weekend could be the last one where it’s free for boaters to launch their boats for free from one of Austin's three public boat ramps.

The Lake Austin Task Force appointed by the Austin City Council in June 2012 is just a few days away from submitting its final recommendations to the council on potential changes to Lake Austin.

Among the recommendations is a proposal to increase the use of sterile grass eating carp by 55.5 percent to keep the invasive Hydrilla weed at bay.

Another proposal is to create a 50-foot wake zone around the entire perimeter of Lake Austin.

The task force is also recommending that the city approve the charging of fees to use three public boat ramps at Walsh Boat Landing, Emma Long and Mary Quinlan.

The LATF meets one final time on June 3rd to tweak the final recommendations.

The proposals will be turned over to the city council for consideration June 4th, one year after city leaders commissioned the task force.

The recommendation on fees will come directly from city staffers if the council approves the measure.

Click here for a look at the entire list of recommendations.