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Lake Travis restaurant 7 feet underwater, owner prepared: 'flooding was inevitable' - Community Impact Newspaper

Sundancer Grill Owner Buzz Watkins said he closed his restaurant at 2 p.m. Tuesday after he realized flooding was inevitable.

Watkins also owns the Sail & Ski Yacht Club and Marina adjacent to the grill, and the boat dealership with the same name on the corner of Stewart Road and RM 620.

“We have six trailers behind the [Sundancer Grill] building that include the kitchen, wash area, fridge unit, food storage, and bathrooms–there are lots of functions for each trailer,” Watkins said. “My staff was working until midnight pulling those up to the boat dealership.”

Watkins said they were able to relocate all the important parts of the restaurant, and his staff filled the trailers with the majority of the restaurant’s contents. Watkins, who is also Vice President of the Friends of Central Texas Water Coalition and on the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Board, said he designed the grill with the waterfront location and possibility of flooding in mind.

“We created something that could be recovered quickly after a flood,” he said.

This is the first time the Sundancer Grill has flooded since it was built in 2010, although two years ago water came within about two feet from the floor, Watkins said. The restaurant sits at 690 feet, and as of Wednesday morning the lake was at 697.5 feet.

“You have to be ready for it,” Watkins said in regards to owning a lake-front business. “Lake Travis is a storage reservoir used to prevent flooding in Austin. It’s not only a water spot, but a flood management system, and it’s well designed for that.”

After lake levels go down and weather conditions are stable, Watkins said he expects it will take about a week to relocate the trailers and clean and prepare everything to be back in business.

Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She has been covering the Lake Travis/Westlake area for Community Impact since February 2018.

Source: communityimpact.com

Lakes updates received by committee - Booneville Democrat

The Hot Springs Village lakes committee met on Oct. 10, at which they received current information on a host of lake related matters from lakes ecology and fisheries manager Brad Meredith.
He told the committeemen in attendance that the new lake work barge is a huge improvement, saying it’s much larger than the previous work boat. The boat, donated by a Villager, has had the railings and seats removed and the motor from the previous boat added. Once a new steering console is in place, the boat will go to Ken’s Marine to hook up the steering. The new boat is 24 feet long and has a 24-foot trailer so it can be mobile, thus used where needed.
Meredith said all plans are in place for the upcoming dredging work on Lake Balboa. The drawdown will begin on Nov. 1, drawn down four feet and will refill as rainfall occurs after the valve closes on Feb. 28, 2019. Committee member Robb Ferriman wrote a white paper looking into whether or not the purchase of a dredging machine was practical. After looking at all the data it was determined to not purchase a dredging machine for the Village. When the cost of the machine, maintenance and labor costs are factored in, it was felt a purchase was not a good idea.
Shoreline surveys are also complete. These were done to determine depths so the shallowest areas could be further looked at.
Meredith also stated all 11 Village lake gabions will be cleaned. Five of them are on Lake Balboa, one of which is quite large and could take weeks to complete a cleanout.
One bit of good news had to do with boat sticker compliance. A survey found that 306 watercraft owners were in violation (not purchasing a sticker). Since then, 304 owners have come into compliance.
Both committee chair Bill Goodwin and POA board liaison Cindi Erickson commented that was a huge improvement. “That’s phenomenal. We’ve come a long way,” added Goodwin.
Kayak launching sites were also a part of this meeting. Don Langston added details saying site evaluations have taken place. Three sites have been chosen for Lake Balboa, one on Levantino Drive, Resplandor and Balboa Road. The areas are scheduled to also including a small parking lot for three to five vehicles.
The kayak site committee planned to meet again last week to finalize Balboa sites and plan a construction schedule.
It was noted by Goodwin that Peter Trabant has been helpful in locating sites. Trabant added that he felt the parking lots should be large enough to accommodate trailers.
D.C. Reed and Jeff Lloyd of the Balboa Yacht Club were in attendance, telling about a sign they had brought to the meeting. The signage speaks to aquatic concerns on boats, accidentally carrying unwanted vegetation from lake to lake. The sign is a donation from the club for Village lake placement.
The lakes committee meets again at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14, at Coronado Community Center.

Source: www.boonevilledemocrat.com

Will you get on board for the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge? - Royal Yachting Association

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With memories of long, hot summer days and carefree weeks away from the lecture theatre, students are now back at university and to mark the start of the new academic year, The Green Blue has launched its 2018-19 University Sailing Sustainability Challenge.

Running from September 2018 to February 2019, The Green Blue's University Sailing Sustainability Challenge is an annual competition designed to encourage university sailing clubs to make their sailing more environmentally sustainable.

Supported by British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA), the initiative was launched in 2015 and in its first year saw 10 university sailing clubs signing up. In first place, achieving the Gold Award and receiving the £500 top prize was York University Sailing and Windsurfing Club. The University of Strathclyde Sailing Club clinched second place with a Silver Award and a £250 prize and finally in 3rd place after battling stiff competition from a number of other clubs was the University of Plymouth Sailing and Powerboating Club who achieved the Bronze Award and a £100 prize.

The success of the challenge then saw 20 university sailing clubs actively participate in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 challenge. In the most recent challenge the University of Manchester Sailing Club came in first, followed by Aberdeen University Sailing Club and Swansea University Sailing Club.

The challenge involves University Sailing Clubs competing to undertake as many sustainable actions as they can throughout the academic year. By undertaking these positive actions they will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the boating community how achievable and rewarding sustainable boating can be.

Each competing club appoints a Sustainability Officer who acts as The Green Blue’s main point of contact and the key driver to lead their club to success. In the last challenge students undertaking geography, science and marine related degrees were keen to take up the position to build on their skills and knowledge and add their involvement with a UK Sustainable Boating Programme to their CV.

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Sustainable actions include: ensuring sailing venues have a Spill Kit available to clean up any accidental spills when boaters are handling oil and fuel, ensuring members use re-usable sports bottles during training sessions and events to reduce waste and single use plastic bottles, and making sure boats, trailers and equipment follow the Check Clean Dry approach to minimise the risk of spreading invasive non-native species around UK waters.

Sustainability Officer for York University Sailing and Windsurfing Club (YUSWC), Blair Davies said: “The sustainability challenge has been great in stimulating new attitudes as to how our club operates. As an environmental science student, it has given me the chance to apply my knowledge to lessen the environmental impacts of YUSWC.

“For the club it’s been pivotal in establishing sustainable attitudes of all members, gaining recognition from the university’s sports union and BUSA. There’s always room to improve operations to become more sustainable, and The Green Blue initiative gives impetus to UK sailing clubs to be greener. It’s very gratifying and something every club should get on board with.”

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Source: www.rya.org.uk









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