BRAZOS RIVER AUTHORITY
Dee Bailey is the Lake Granbury Inspections and Permitting Coordinator for the Brazos River Authority.
Living on the lake has its privileges and responsibilities. Sometimes, knowing what to do and when can seem overwhelming. If you’re new to Lake Granbury, here are a few things that might be helpful this fall.
First, did you know that there is a web page tailored specifically to people who have homes with water access to Lake Granbury? The Living Lakeside at Lake Granbury web page provides a considerable amount of information tailored to many lakeside residents’ questions. From the current lake level and dam release to questions about fluctuating lake levels, permit applications and studies that affect the reservoir, you can find all the information you require at https://www.brazos.org/LivingGranbury.
Another important fact to know this fall is that leaves and grass trimmings can profoundly affect the lake. Though they may seem like a natural addition to water, blowing or dumping leaves or grass trimmings into the lake adds nutrients to the water, resulting in the growth of algae that can clog canals and make lake access difficult. If you don’t like algae growing near your dock and seawall, be careful to keep extra leaves and grass in their place away from the water.
And remember to use fall fertilizers sparingly near the water. Fertilizers can also cause algal growth in the lake.
Many people think that when you buy a house on the lake, dock ownership transfers automatically. If you’ve recently purchased a home on the lake that has a dock or a landscape water pump, you may not be aware that these items don’t automatically transfer at closing. You will need to have both docks and landscape pumps transferred into your name through the Brazos River Authority office.
If your property does not currently have a dock or if you’re interested in modifying or expanding your dock, see our website for dock information and a permit application.
Since the installation of a dock requires water access, dock builders and contractors are required to have a business operation permit through the BRA. The BRA can email you a list of permitted contractors before you get started. Remember, it’s always a good idea to ask for references.
If erosion is an issue for your property, consider building a retaining wall. Just remember, placement of the retaining or seawall is extremely important, requiring a permit from the BRA and possibly the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. BRA inspectors will be happy to come out to your home to help you determine placement.
Like any body of water, silt happens. Dredging in and around the docks will make lake access easier for you and require a permit from the BRA or the Corps of Engineers. Fall is a good time to dredge since dredging is not allowed during the months of March, April, May and June to protect fish spawning habitats.
Finally, be safe. No one wants a family member or friend to be injured while enjoying your dock. Loose boards, rails or malfunctioning electrical lines can prove fatal if not properly maintained.
As always, feel free to contact the lake office, and our friendly staff will gladly visit with you.
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