Lakehills 'a ghost town': Is Medina Lake fish kill imminent?

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by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 10:23 AM

Locals around Medina Lake say they remember rains so hard  that water levels reached the top of the dam and launched over the spillway, filling the lake in two days. 

But that’s only a memory. Today residents think Medina Lake is in danger of drying up. 

“The whole community is like a ghost town," said Stephen Bonahoom. "If you go into Lakehills there is no business a lot of the stores a lot of the properties up here are for sale.”

Bonahoom owns Bedrock Resort. His marina is now two football fields away from where it normally floats. He says he didn’t open last year and may not open this year, either.  

“In the meantime the city of San Antonio continues to pull water out of Medina Lake when we have less than 9 percent of our water left,” he said.

Bonahoom  wants the city to stop buying Medina ‘s water and shut down the lake to let the water level rise. 

He is starting a campaign to shut the gates at the dam. He predicts as summer approaches and the temperature rises there may be a huge fish kill as the water levels sink. 
 
“If we don’t stop draining the lake, they’re going to look sicker and expire and we’re going to have a big mess of dead fish,” Bonahoom said.
 
Randy Myers, a Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist, says they can’t predict if a fish kill will occur, but if dry conditions continue it is very likely. 

“I’d say if the water continues to go down when we get to next summer, August when it gets really hot, I think the chance of a fish kill is a greater than a 50 percent possibility," Myers added.
 
Parks and Wildlife hasn't stocked the lake in three years, and they don’t plan on it until levels get a lot higher. They say it would be a waste with levels going down. 

“All of these fish we raise ourselves, and they’re expensive to raise," Myers explained. "So we want to put them in a reservoir we think they have a high chance of survival.”
 
For now all Lakehills can do is pray.   Stephen Bonahoom  says, “We're planning an Indian pow-wow in March.”
 

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