The Lake Wichita Study Committee met for the second time on Tuesday afternoon, to move forward on figuring out what to do with the ever-shrinking lake.
With any new group, one of the first priorities is getting organized. Today committee members, including citizens from Wichita Falls & Lakeside City joined one of 5 sub-committees: Fundraising, Recreation, Permitting, Economic Development and Public Awareness.
Committee Chairman Steve Garner said their first priority has to be getting all the information they need. He said, "As quickly as we can, gathering the information we need to put together a permit request that is something the Corps of Engineers can act on."
The group is working on updating data gathered by two previous studies on Lake Wichita. The first was conducted in 1991 by Biggs & Mathews Inc. and the second by the Lake Wichita Study Committee in 1994.
Garner praised the work they did, but hopes his group will take substantial action. He said, "We've had a few small successes out of those committees but nothing that's going to change the fortunes of Lake Wichita. Right now we've been given, I think, a golden opportunity to do something."
The committee meets the second Tuesday of every month from 1:00-3:00, usually in the City Council Chambers.