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Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful 2014 Fall Clean Up Event

We are planning our KCLB 2014 Fall Clean Up event scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 and need volunteers to help pick-up litter around the lake including parks, trails, roadways, drainage ditches, etc.  Volunteers will meet at the WORD office located at 1928 FM 2673 at 9am. (Our office is right across the street from the CRRC thrift store.)  Supplies will be provided at check-in on the morning of the event.  Teams will head out to various locations  to clean assigned areas.  At 11am, groups will finish up and head back to the office for lunch, finishing up at noon.

 This is a community wide event and all are invited to participate in KEEPING CANYON LAKE BEAUTIFUL.  This is also a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours.   If you have a group/team already formed and wish to sign up for a particular area to clean, let us know.  For more information, view our flier or send it out to everyone you know to spread the word. 

To sign up, call 830-907-2300 or email susan@wordcc.com. 


Fun Fish Art Design Contest

Hey Kids!  WORD of Comal County is looking for some creative and imaginative artwork with a fishing theme for next year's FUN FISH t-shirt.  Yep, that's right...we are already planning for an awesome fishing event scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2015.  The contest is for kids in grades K-5th. The deadline to enter is Friday, November 21, so get busy working on that winning design! There will be one winner selected by the Fun Fish Committee for a $100 gift card. That's pretty darn sweet!  Download an entry form with contest rules and design guidelines here.  For more information, contact Susan at (830) 907-2300 or you can email susan@wordcc.com.

WORD Cleanup Contracts Out to Bid

W.O.R.D. is accepting 1 year bids with 2 annual options to renew for all 2015 cleanup contracts.
Sealed bids should be addressed to Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District. Bids must be received by 11:00 AM local time on November 5th, 2014 at PO Box 2789, Canyon Lake, Texas, 78133 and after such time will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of labor, materials, tools, and equipment for the purpose of removing refuse, trash, and debris from specified areas. Any bid received after the closing time will be returned unopened. Each separate bid shall be on locations as follows:
Contract #1: Nine (9) County boat ramps at Canyon Lake, one fishing pier at Potters Creek, and recycling locations on FM 306.
Contract #2: Roadsides from ½ mile east of FM 306 bridge at Whitewater Sports to ½ mile west of FM 306 bridge at Maricopa Lodge.
Contract #3: Roadsides from traffic light at River Road/Loop 337 (New Braunfels) to traffic light at River Road/ FM 2673 (Sattler)
Contract #4: Upper Guadalupe River cleanup, above Canyon Lake in Comal County
(Includes up to 16 trash barrels and 16 recycling barrels and recycling bin locations)
Contract # 5: Lower Guadalupe River cleanup, below Canyon Lake in Comal County, Canyon Dam to Gruene (Includes up to 32 trash barrels and 32 recycling barrels, and recycling bin locations)
Qualifications:
A minimum of 2 years work experience on similar contracts or work performed.
A minimum of 3 work references.
Bid Packages may be picked up at the WORD office, 1928 FM 2673, Sattler.
There will be a pre-bid meeting on Tuesday, 10/28/14 at 1:00 PM at the WORD office, 1928 FM 2673, Canyon Lake.
For bidding forms and/or information concerning the proposed work, all questions should be prepared in writing and directed to the WORD General Manager and addressed to the WORD address above or emailed to mike@wordcc.com. All requests for such information must be submitted at least 5 working days before the bid opening. Answers to all requests will be given in writing to all Bidders, in Addendum form, and all Addenda will be bound with and made part of the Contract Documents. No other explanation or interpretation will be considered official or binding.
To see the work area, contact Mike Dussere, WORD General Manager at 830-907-2300.
WORD hereby notifies all Bidders that, in regard to any agreement entered into pursuant to this
advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded equal opportunities to submit Bids in
response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, age,
religion, or national origin in consideration for an award.

Current Boat Ramp Status

There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake.   Due to declining water elevations, certain ramps have been closed.  The chart below lists each ramp, location, and status as of September 9, 2014 or for a printable version of Canyon Lake and location of ramps, fees, and operators, click here.  

Other sites with information on Canyon Lake boat ramps:

-Comal County Road Department-Boat Ramps
-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

RAMP # LOCATION  STATUS
 1 Canyon Lake Village Open
 2 Canyon Lake Village West Closed
 3  Comal Park East Closed 
 4 Comal Park West Open
 5 Canyon Lake Forest Closed
 6 Canyon Lake Hills 1-East Open
 7  Canyon Lake Hills 2-West Closed
 8  Canyon Springs Resort Closed
 9 Cranes Mill Marina Closed
 10 Cranes Mill Park Closed
 11 Cypress Cove-Rebecca Creek Closed
 12 Lake Canyon Yacht Club Open
 13 Randolph AFB Closed
 14 Jacob's Creek 1 Open 
 15 Jacob's Creek 2 Open
 16 Ft. Sam Houston Closed
 17 Little Jacob's Creek Open
 18 Canyon Park Campground Open
 19 Canyon Park Marina Open
 20 Potter's Creek East Open
 21 Potter's Creek West Open
 22 Canyon Lake Shores Closed
 23 N. Cranes Mill-Mystic Shores Closed



Alternate Routes to Canyon Lake

During busy summer months, there is a high volume of traffic coming into Canyon Lake due to concerts and holiday weekends. To avoid delays, refer to this map for alternate routes into the WORD district. For information on Whitewater Amphitheater's concert schedule, visit their website at http://www.whitewaterrocks.com/.

Water Safety Events this Summer

The South Central Texas Water Safety Coalition  (SCTWSC) seeks to improve water safety knowledge and practices amongst all recreationalists through education and awareness programs, outreach events, and inter-agency cooperation, cost and resource sharing.  The goal of these programs is to reduce or eliminate water-related accidents and drownings within the region.  The Coalition is comprised of local agencies that bring fun and educational activities to adults and kids through events such as Fun Fish, Thru the Chute, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, river and lake activities, and Junior Deputy Academy. Each year the Coalition teaches hundreds of kids and adults how to be safe in and around the water. 
 Participants play games that reinforce water safety practices including how to select and put on a life jacket, saving  Buddy Bob by using a throw rope (sometimes wearing fatal vision goggles at the same time), kayaking, and answering water trivia questions. Participants receive cool prizes like frisbees, koozies, water bottles, and water boxes. For more information about upcoming events this summer, visit the SCTWSC website at http://www.texaswatersafety.com/.  If you would like to be a part of this FUN and exciting organization, call the WORD office at (830)907-2300.  Have a safe summer and remember:  THINK, DON'T SINK!

2013 - 2014 Trout Stocking Schedule

Texas Parks & Wildlife will be stocking trout through January 2014 with the first stocking beginning Friday, December 6, 2013.  W.O.R.D. Board of Directors voted to grant $7500 to TPWD for trout stocking this season. There will be a total of 20,821 fish stocked during the winter months at the following locations: Guadalupe Park, Whitewater Sports, Rio Raft, Third Crossing, and Camp Huaco Springs.  Please note special regulations are in effect from the second bridge crossing on River Rd. upstream to the easternmost bridge crossing on FM 306.  In this area there is an 18 inch minimum size limit, a one trout daily bag, and the restriction that only trout caught on artificial lures may be harvested.  Anglers may fish with all other legal means and methods and may harvest all fish except trout.

Trout will be stocked on the following dates:  December 6, 13, 20, 27 and January 3, 10, 17, 24. Visit TPWD website for additional information.  

Tri-County Reverse 911 Emergency Notification

In the event there is a man-made or natural disaster in the area, local officials have the ability to send emergency messages to all standard voice and text communication devices you register, making you aware of situations and giving instructions on how to respond by using a “Reverse 911” emergency call-out system. It's a quick and easy process that takes only minutes to complete.  To begin receiving alerts, you must register by going to  http://www.co.comal.tx.us/Tri_County_Reverse_911.htm and click on the link that says "Register Here with the Regional Emergency Notification Service."  Don't forget to log in to your email that was used during the registration process to activate your account.  

Nichol's Landing Access Fee

For the last four years, the price structure at Nichol’s Landing has been $3 per car for residents of Comal County and $5 per car for out of county visitors.  Due to the increasing costs to operate the park from
Memorial Day through Labor day,  the nominal fee that has been charged since 2008  is no longer adequate to maintain the area.

 To address this issue, the WORD Board of Directors voted to change the fee structure to a $4 per adult and $2 per child 12 and under entrance fee effective  May 18, 2013.     

 

National Weather Service

Representatives from the National Weather Service attended the WORD board meeting in March to briefly explain what they do and how weather information is relayed to the public.  Paul Yura, the spokesman for the weather service talked briefly about flooding and said that one of their biggest challenges is not having enough data.  They need more data from residents that live along the Guadalupe River—information such as how high the water is and how fast it is rising. He encourages citizens to  become active in CoCoRaHS, a grassroots effort of “volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nation."  It’s a program where citizens are using rain gauges to measure and map precipitation in their local communities.  CoCoRaHS is now the largest provider of daily precipitation observations in the United States. For more information or to sign up, go to www.cocorahs.org.  Yura also encourages citizens to call in weather observations to the National Weather Service at (830) 629-0130.