Lake levels move closer to record
August 13, 2013, 9:00 pm by James Walker
The water in the LakeBuchanan and Lake Travisreservoirs fell below 700,000 acre feet Tuesday, continuing its unrelenting plunge toward a record low level set more than 60 years ago.
According to LCRA data on its website, www.lcra.org, the combined storage of the two reservoirs, which serve as the primary source of drinking water for more than a million people in Central Texas, was at 698,000 acre feet Tuesday morning, which is 35 percent of capacity.
The amount of water in the reservoirs was 700,000 acre feet Monday morning.
The lowest the storage level in the two lakes reached during the multi-year drought of record in the 1950s was 621,221 acre-feet on Sept. 9, 1952.
The effects of the drought and the dry conditions continue to plague Burnet Countyand the Highland Lakes region and on Tuesday the Burnet County Commissioners voted to reinstitute a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county.
The lake levels have been steadily falling in the past several months in spite of an emergency drought order that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued that allowed the Lower Colorado River Authority to curtail water to downstream rice farmers for the second straight year.
LCRA is responsible for managing the water in the lakes and has come under heavy criticism from lakes interests for its lack of success that resulted in drinking water supplies being imperiled in several communities in the Colorado Riverís upper basin.
The shrinking lakes also have resulted in substantial economic and property value loss, lakes interests contend.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
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