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Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Kingsland, Austin –The Colorado River Alliance is very pleased to announce the City of Horseshoe Bay, the Colorado River Watch Network, and the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls are the 2021 River Heroes of the Highland Lakes honorees.

On Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls, business leaders, elected officials, and community stewards gathered to celebrate and highlight those in our community who understand the importance of our Texas Colorado River and are working each day to ensure that all future Texans have ample access to fishable, swimmable, and drinkable Texas Colorado River water.

“We are so pleased to honor the City of Horseshoe Bay, the Colorado River Watch Network, and the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and the Texas Baptist Men for their ongoing support of the conservation of the Colorado River and for helping to keep our communities safe,” said the Alliance’s Executive Director Adrienne Longenecker. “There is no simple answer to achieving long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River. Conserving water, protecting the River, and ensuring robust economic activity requires a complex mix of multiple sectors and leaders. Colorado River Alliance appreciates the hard work of our many River Heroes.”

Melody Yanniell, Vice President and Banking Center Manager of Prosperity Bank, Kingsland, currently serving as the Kingsland/ Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce President, welcomed the group by saying “Our Lakes and the Colorado River are the life blood of our communities.  God has truly blessed my family and I, affording us the opportunity to vacation, then live, work, and play right here in the Highland Lakes. It is an ever-changing community.  I am honored to be a part of celebrating our local “River Heroes” for protecting our Texas Colorado River, hard work during and after the Flood of 2018, and making sure our community has clean and usable water resources”.

Attendees enjoyed humorous and touching stories from each honoree as well as an opportunity to learn more about Colorado River Alliance’s successful efforts to engage youth in the preservation of the future of the river. All funds raised support youth education and community outreach to protect the Texas Colorado River and keep it healthy for future generations.


City of Horseshoe Bay | Colorado River Watch Network | First Baptist Church of Marble Falls & Texas Baptist Men 


Jeff Koska, City of Horseshoe Bay, Director of Community Services
Jarrod Metzgar, Marble Falls/ Lake LBJ CoC & CVB, Executive Director
Melody Yanniell,
Kingsland/ Lake LBJ CoC, President