Save Lake Walter E. Long (Decker Lake) From Austin's Drought Response Plan

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Save Lake Walter E. Long (Decker Lake) From Austin's Drought Response Plan

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Chad W started this petition to Austin City Council Sheryl Cole and

A favorite local spot for fishing and boating could become an important part of Austin's new drought response plan. The Austin city council last week asked engineers at Austin water utility to determine if Lake Walter E. Long, which is also known as Decker Lake, can be converted into what's called "off-channel storage".

Water from Lake Walter E. Long flows into the Decker Creek Power Plant. Besides helping to provide electricity for Austin, the lake also provides great fishing opportunities.

A new purpose for the lake now being considered would be used to provide emergency drought relief.

For the plan to work, the power plant may have to go offline, and the lake level could drop 25 feet. This can negatively impact the fish and the surrounding wildlife.

We must stop this. Decker lake is a fishing hotspot for local anglers, as well as anglers from all over the country, and even the world. Anglers come from all over the globe to reach this fishing "mecca". It's not only home to trophy bass and catfish, but also monster carp and smallmouth buffalo fish that can reach up to 60+ pounds.

We understand that steps must be taken to address the current drought situation, in Austin, but let's encourage the Austin City Council to consider other options.

We need this lake for the next generation, and generations to come.

We need your help!

Sincerely,

Austin Carp Angler

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This petition had 297 supporters