Tribpedia: Lower Colorado River Authority

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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 ...

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At "Kumbaya" Meeting, New Colorado River Plan Passes

A 2013 look at at a boat dock at Lake Travis, whose water level has decreased markedly amid a historic drought. Lake Travis is part of the Central Texas' Highland Lakes.
A 2013 look at at a boat dock at Lake Travis, whose water level has decreased markedly amid a historic drought. Lake Travis is part of the Central Texas' Highland Lakes.

The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a new plan on Wednesday to manage the Colorado River and its reservoirs, known as the Highland Lakes. Cities and environmental advocates were happy with the plan, but some coastal farmers expressed disappointment.

 

The Colorado River is shown east of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The capital city is almost entirely reliant on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water,
The Colorado River is shown east of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The capital city is almost entirely reliant on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water,

TCEQ Defers Decision on Colorado River Rice Farmers

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality decided not to take action yet on a controversial plan that would almost surely cut off water from rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin for a third straight year. The decision shows how contentious the battle between upstream and downstream users has become.

TXDOT chief Phil Wilson at an Aug. 29, 2013 board meeting in Austin. Wilson has been tapped to lead the Lower Colorado River Authority.
TXDOT chief Phil Wilson at an Aug. 29, 2013 board meeting in Austin. Wilson has been tapped to lead the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Phil Wilson Named New LCRA General Manager

The Lower Colorado River Authority's board tapped Phil Wilson, the Texas Department of Transportation's executive director, to be the agency's new general manager. The announcement came as a surprise, and TxDOT said it has no transition plan in place for Wilson's departure at the end of the year. 

Jose Avila, left, and Hilario Luna on June 13, 2011, repair an overflow damaged by crawdads on a levee of Mike Burnside's rice fields, flooded with water from the Colorado River, near Bay City.
Jose Avila, left, and Hilario Luna on June 13, 2011, repair an overflow damaged by crawdads on a levee of Mike Burnside's rice fields, flooded with water from the Colorado River, near Bay City.

LCRA Proposes Emergency Drought Measures

As the Highland Lakes in Central Texas continue to dwindle to nearly historic lows, the Lower Colorado River Authority is recommending unprecedented steps to cut back freshwater releases from two of the lakes to help them recover from drought. 

LCRA Passes Compromise Plan to Release Water to Farmers

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.

Residents of Lake Travis have extended staircases and moved docks further out to accommodate lower lake levels. Some say the declining levels are bringing down property values.
Residents of Lake Travis have extended staircases and moved docks further out to accommodate lower lake levels. Some say the declining levels are bringing down property values.

Bad News Expected Today for Texas Rice Farmers

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. If they are cut off, it would be the first time in LCRA history. It all depends how full Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are at 11:59 tonight. And the LCRA says the farmers' prospects are not good.

LCRA to Consider Far-Reaching Water Plan

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. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Water levels have dropped at Lake Travis because the drought, May 16 2011.
Water levels have dropped at Lake Travis because the drought, May 16 2011.

Levels in Texas' Highland Lakes Falling, LCRA Warns

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.