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Highland Lakes, 2000 HCEL
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In 1934, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) was established by the Texas Legislature. The LCRA proceeded to take on the massive engineering project that would become Highland Lakes. The project, a 17-year endeavor, was unique across the nation; it consisted of a network of dams and lakes that would reclaim water, limit flooding, supply two large irrigation systems (distributing water over 640 miles of canals), and supply electricity to more than 800,000 Texans across ten counties.

Upon completion in 1951, the Highland Lakes chain comprised Lake Buchanan and Buchanan Dam; Inks Lake and Inks Dam; Lake Austin and Tom Miller Dam; Lake Travis and Mansfield Dam; Lake LBJ and Wirtz Dam; and Lake Marble Falls and Starcke Dam. The Highland Lakes are also home to a series of seventeen parks which present exceptional natural beauty and recreational opportunities as well as an archaeological center and several natural science laboratories.

State of Texas, Lower Colorado River Authority
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