New water plan may be contested
April 18, 2013, 9:00 pm by James Walker
Highland Lakes interests were non-committal Thursday about whether they will ask for a contested case hearing on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s proposed Water Management Plan that the state’s environmental regulation agency signed off on this week.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said this week it has finished its technical review of the proposed water management plan for lakes Travis and Buchanan and TCEQ's executive director is recommending that the plan be approved.
The proposed plan offers more protection for LCRA's municipal and industrial firm customers and is more flexible than the current plan, but some lakes interests still have doubts about whether the water supply in the lakes would be adequately protected during times of severe drought.
Once LCRA publishes notices
in local newspapers throughout the lower Colorado River basin, the public and
interested parties have 30 days to comment, protest or ask for a public meeting
on the plan.
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