In a decision fraught with controversy, the board of the Lower Colorado River Authority voted Wednesday to release water to rice farmers next spring if Central Texas' Highland Lakes, already diminished by drought, remain at least 38.5 percent full. Some called the plan a life line for farmers, while others said it put Central Texans at risk of losing water access.Full Story
The Lower Colorado River Authority is a conservation district managing natural resources along a 600-mile stretch of the Colorado River, notably supplying wholesale water and energy for the drought-stricken Central Texas.
The LCRA manages water supplies in the Lower Colorado Basin stretching from San Saba to the Gulf Coast, which consists of the Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Colorado ...
In another sign the Texas drought is far from over, the Lower Colorado River Authority is contemplating whether to enact an emergency plan that could cut off water supplies to rice farmers for the second year.Full Story
In 2011, residents of some large Texas cities increased their water usage — despite the widespread adoption of restrictions on lawn-watering.Full Story
Texas rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are anxiously awaiting word on whether they'll get water from the Lower Colorado River Authority for a rice crop this spring. The LCRA says the farmers' prospects are not good — which will relieve other Texans who also have a stake in the water.Full Story
The Lower Colorado River Authority, the utility that controls water flowing from the Highland Lakes to the Gulf Coast, is set to approve a new plan for allocating water. But as Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas reports, the authority will first hear from the various — and often feuding — communities relying on the affected water sources.Full Story
At a press conference today, the Lower Colorado River Authority warned Austin and the rest of Central Texas to brace for continued drought. Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan, the region's major reservoirs, are currently 52 percent full, and dropping steadily.Full Story