Lane City Reservoir Project: An Innovative Approach to Water Supply Development

Project Summary:

The Lane City Reservoir Project includes the permitting, design and construction of a new 40,000 acre-foot off-channel reservoir located adjacent to the Colorado River in Wharton County. The reservoir will be used to divert and store water from the Colorado River when available, and deliver water to customers in the Lower Colorado River Authority's water service area when needed. The water supply project includes three innovative components including a wave wall, chimney drain and river return system. The project provides examples of innovative approaches to the permitting, design and construction of a large off-channel reservoir. The project scope includes a guidance document describing the reservoir's permitting requirements, and a construction report summarizing the lessons learned during the design and construction phases.

TWDB Contract Manager:
Mattew Webb
Funding Recipient:
Lower Colorado River Authority
Project Administrator:
John S. McLeod, P.E., Lower Colorado River Authority
Project Start Date:
July 10, 2014
Project Completion Date:
May 31, 2018
Total Project Cost:
$7,667,000
TWDB Share of Project Cost:
$2,411,432
Benefits:
The Lane City Reservoir is expected to add 90,000 acre-feet of water supply annually to the lower Colorado River basin, an increase of more than 15 percent to existing supplies for municipalities, industry, agriculture and the environment. The new reservoir will benefit the entire basin by helping reduce the amount of water otherwise required to be released from the Highland Lakes. The project also provides practical experience of permitting, designing and constructing a large off-channel reservoir for others considering similar projects. The project specifically addresses the benefits and lessons learned from incorporating three innovative reservoir components including a wave wall, chimney drain and river return system.

Project Details

Participants

Project Sponsors:

Texas Water Development Board
Matt Webb - Contract Manager
1700 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-6929

Funding Recipient:

Lower Colorado River Authority
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
512-473-3200

Project Manager:

Lower Colorado River Authority
John S. Mcleod, P.E. – Project Manager
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
512-578-2573
john.mcleod@lcra.org

Project Milestones

Event Date
Announcement of Request for Proposals in Texas Register February 28, 2014
Initial Statement of Interest received by TWDB April 30, 2014
Study approved by TWDB Board July 10, 2014
Contract executed December 30, 2014

Progress Reports

Project Photos

Courtesy of Lower Colorado River Authority, December 2016

Final Reports

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