Public meeting on future of Spillway Gorge announced

Interested parties are invited to attend Nov. 3

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and The Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) is inviting the members of the Canyon Lake community to attend a Spillway Gorge Development Planning meeting on Wednesday, November 3, 2004. The meeting will be held at the CRRC Recreation Building, Mabel Jones Drive, Sattler, TX from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

GBRA and WORD presently are at work to prepare a joint proposal to develop the "Spillway Gorge at Canyon Lake."

The two organizations plan to present the proposal to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on or before December 31, 2004. But first, they wish to hear from the general public.

Since the Flood of 2002 created the gorge, there has been public interest in better access to it. Geologic rock formations have become visible and plant and animal life has returned to the area. GBRA and WORD recognizes the potential educational and recreational uses that access would avail.

Public access essentially has been discouraged since the flood and the subsequent rebuilding of the bridge on Dam Access Road. Cars are prevented from parking on or near the bridge. Automobiles slowing down to sneak a peak at the gorge have become a traffic problem. And hiking the gorge in its present state is considered dangerous.

Attendees of the public meeting will be asked how they would like to see the gorge developed. GBRA and WORD consider it important to listen to feedback from the community because any plan ultimately will become a long-term community project.

The two organizations are hoping for a large turn-out and feel that community involvement is essential to the project.

For additional information, please call: George Cushanick, WORD (830) 907-2300 or Tommie Rhoad, GBRA (800) 413-4130.

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