Please plan to join us for the PLDA Annual Member Meeting on April 3, 2020 at the Riverbend Clubhouse! Dinner starts at 6:00pm, and the official meeting at 7:00 pm. There will be a raffle and door prizes and much more! If you are not a member, you can join at the door. Please come!
For the past 46 years, the PLDA has been dedicated to preserving the natural scenic beauty and intrinsic character of Lake Dunlap. It was this past year, however, that brought us the biggest challenge in our history when the dam collapsed on the morning of May 14, 2019, and our beloved lake emptied in a matter of hours.
Today, the PLDA is a focused group of neighbors and volunteers, all working hard to not only get the dam repaired, but to ensure it is maintained as it should be in perpetuity.
Over the course of seven months, the PLDA — working with every level of government, the City of New Braunfels, and the GBRA — has developed the only viable plan that exists for restoring our lake. PLDA also led the effort to create the Lake Dunlap Water Control & Improvement District (WCID), which will provide us the means to do that, and to bring the dam up to current standards, and to keep it maintained and in operating condition in perpetuity. Both the WCID and the plan will go to the voters in May for approval. If it passes, we’re going to see our lake again, and it will be better than ever thanks to the tremendous commitment of the members of the PLDA!
PLDA’s efforts are an impressive example of what a grassroots effort of citizens can accomplish. So many of you helped, from those who donated to the WCID fundraiser to everyone who donated or signed a petition, to all those whose voices we heard at our Town Halls and PLDA board meetings. Without your support, this effort would never have gotten off the ground. Now the Lake Dunlap community has the official status to work with local government and local government agencies as a peer.
In the midst of all that, PLDA members also volunteered their time for a massive river cleanup effort in July and more than 50 people volunteered to do this enormous job. With the river down, it was possible to remove a century of discarded items, downed trees, trash, washed away docks, and even a motorcycle! Thanks to these efforts, the river instantly looked both a lot safer and better. In a similar vein, PLDA’s work with the city of New Braunfels on the weed mat issue is still ongoing, and getting a deal done to fix it is a firm commitment of the PLDA board for 2020.
If you are already a member, we ask you to renew your membership for 2020 by filling out the enclosed form. Please make sure you provide us with your current email and mailing addresses so you can continue to receive important news and updates as soon as it is available.