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 near the Gulf of Mexico next spring if Central Texas' Highland Lakes, already diminished by drought, do not drop below 38.5 percent full.

If Lakes Travis and Buchanan are above 775,000 acre-feet on either Jan. 1 or March 1, the rice farmers would receive 121,000 acre-feet of water. Currently the lakes hold 860,000 acre-feet of water, just 43 percent of their total capacity and well below normal.

The plan, approved by the board in ...

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