Name change honors former LCRA Board Member J. Scott Arbuckle’s service to LCRA and the lower Colorado River basin
Nov. 15, 2017
The Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors Wednesday renamed an LCRA reservoir under construction in Wharton County the Arbuckle Reservoir in honor of J. Scott Arbuckle, a former LCRA Board director who was instrumental in getting the reservoir built.
Arbuckle, a lifelong Wharton County resident who served on the LCRA Board from 2011 to 2015, worked tirelessly to gain support for the new reservoir near the Texas Gulf Coast. The Arbuckle Reservoir will be the first new water supply reservoir in the lower Colorado River basin since the Highland Lakes were built in the 1930s to ‘50s.
“Scott Arbuckle’s leadership helped bring the reservoir to reality,’’ said Tim Timmerman, chair of the LCRA Board of Directors. “The Arbuckle Reservoir will serve Texans for generations, and it’s entirely fitting it be named for the man who championed it.”
The Arbuckle Reservoir, formerly known as the Lane City Reservoir, is an off-channel reservoir that will add up to 90,000 acre-feet of water to the region’s water supply. It is the first project that will allow LCRA to capture and store significant amounts of water downstream of the Highland Lakes.
The Arbuckle Reservoir is named for J. Scott Arbuckle, a former member of the LCRA Board of Directors.
The reservoir is scheduled to begin operating in late 2018.
“The Arbuckle Reservoir is significant for LCRA and everyone in the lower Colorado River basin,’’ said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “We are grateful to Director Arbuckle for his vision and leadership, and we’re proud to honor his contributions every time the reservoir is mentioned in the future.”
The LCRA Board unanimously renamed the reservoir during a Board meeting in El Campo on Wednesday.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
Source: LCRA Business News