Fraser to TCEQ: Curtail the water
January 09, 2014, 6:50 pm by James Walker
State Sen. T
Approving the LCRA’s Emergency Order request as submitted is the first step in protecting the utility’s firm customers, which include the cities of Austin, Burnet, Marble Falls, Pflugerville, Lago Vista and others in Central Texas who depend upon the Highland Lakes for drinking water, Fraser wrote.
"The Lower Colorado River Authority voted in favor of asking the (TCEQ), once again, for an Emergency Order to deviate from their current Water Management Plan,” Fraser said in his letter to Covar. "This vote wasn’t something that was done lightly since this is their third request for emergency relief from this plan.”
The LCRA directors voted 8-7 at their November meeting to ask TCEQ to approve the emergency deviation from the water management plan.
That request set a 1.1 million acre feet trigger point that
would allow LCRA to curtail stored water from the lakes for most of the rice
farmers in the downstream Matagorda, Wharton and
In emergency requests that were granted the two previous years, lakes Travis and Buchanan had to drop to below 850,000 acre feet on March 1 before water for the rice farmers would be curtailed.
As of Thursday morning, the combined storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan — our region’s water supply reservoirs — was 764,420 acre feet, or 38 percent of capcity.
38% Lakes Travis and Buchanan are our region’s water supply reservoirs and currently hold about 764,420 acre-feet of water.
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