LCRA seeks emergency order to extend to end of rice-growing season
June 19, 2013, 2:00 pm by James Walker
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board of directors Wednesday unanimously approved a recommendation from the authority’s staff to ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to okay an emergency drought relief order that will extend to the end of the rice growing season in the river’s lower basin later this year.
LCRA Deputy General Manager Henry Eby had signaled at a committee meeting Tuesday that the staff would ask the directors at their regular monthly board meeting to ask for an extension of the current drought order that curtails water to the rice farmers.
"We believe it is appropriate to seek another extension of the emergency order,” Eby told the board members during a discussion by the authority’s water operations committee.
With a record-breking drought continuing to ravage the state, LCRA has requested and received permission from the TCEQ to implement emergency drought orders each of the past two years that cuts off water to the rice farmers in an effort to preserve water in the Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan reservoirs that provide drinking water for more than a million Central Texas residents.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Bulletin or Llano County Journal.
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