Water cut off to downstream rice farmers
March 04, 2013, 6:50 pm by James Walker
Highland Lakes cities, residents and business owners apprehensive about what another possible parched summer might bring now know that most of the water in the lakes Buchanan and Travis reservoirs, whatever the amount, won’t be sent downstream for rice farmers to use in flooding their fields to kill weeds.
When the clock hit 11:59 p.m. March 1 with just under 823,000 acre feet of water in the two reservoir lakes, it assured that water from the lakes will be cut off for most of the farmers for the second year in a row.
The fact that there was less than 850,000 acre feet in the two lakes at the March 1 deadline was the trigger point in an emergency drought relief order requested by the Lower Colorado River Authority and approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Feb. 13.
For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.
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