LCRA Votes to Cut Off Rice Farmers for a Third Year

Texas Observer, November 20, 2013

The mood was grim among folks from Bay City, Eagle Lake and other coastal communities today as the Lower Colorado River Authority board voted 8-7 in favor of an emergency proposal that will likely cut off water to rice farmers for the third year in a row.

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Additional Information:
National Wildlife Federation/Sierra Club Written Comments to LCRA Board.
National Wildlife Federation/Sierra Club Press Statement on LCRA Board Decision

Advocates: Saving Matagorda Bay Could Take Legal Action

Texas Tribune, November 14, 2013

BAY CITY — More than 100 environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met Wednesday to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay, a major destination for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing that has  suffered greatly in recent years due to a lack of freshwater inflows from the Colorado River.

Their conclusion: Saving the bay will require tremendous political pressure on the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Facing Drought, Wichita Falls Bans Outdoor Watering

Texas Tribune, November 12, 2013

These days, residents of Wichita Falls aren’t just witnessing the effects of drought — some say they can actually taste it. As local reservoirs dip to about 30 percent of their capacity, water quality has degraded with a rising concentration of dissolved solids.

Now city officials are poised to tighten existing water use regulations even further as they await a water reuse system they say could reduce demand for lake water by about a third.

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With Colorado River in Trouble, Many Face Sacrifices

Texas Tribune, November 1, 2013

As with nearly every beloved Texas river, the 600-mile Colorado River — which flows from West Texas to the Gulf Coast — is under serious threat. Drought and surging population growth have taken their toll on the water’s flow and its wildlife and, by extension, the farmers and fishermen who rely on it.

But there is one thing about the Colorado — not to be confused with the river of the same name that flows through the Grand Canyon — that makes it unique.

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Land Use Choices Change Water Demand Projections

October 10, 2013

Cities across Texas are tasked with the daunting job of ensuring adequate water for their citizens into the future.  Decisions that are made regarding new supply of each can have large economic consequences for existing customers, but not pursuing supply may have dire consequences for the sustainability of the city.  Unfortunately, this fear of running […]

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Losing in Vegas – Water & Money!

October 04, 2013

This blog post was written by Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club Most people who go to Las Vegas probably worry about losing money. Those of us here in Vegas at the Sixth Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference, hosted by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, worry about losing water. But […]

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Cutting off Matagorda Bay’s Water is Unwise and Inconsistent with Texas Law

October 01, 2013

Previously, we posted about LCRA’s decision to seek emergency authorization from TCEQ to allow them to diverge from their Water Management Plan and suspend river flows to Matagorda Bay LCRA submitted their request to TCEQ on Thursday, September 26th.  We will lay out the process at TCEQ in another post.  Our current guess is that […]

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