AUSTIN – State Representative Paul Workman applauds the Lower Colorado River Authority's decision to request emergency drought relief from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
"The Highland Lakes are the lifeblood of Central Texas," said Rep. Workman, who attended the November 19th LCRA Board of Directors meeting to encourage board members to take action to protect water levels in the Highland Lakes. "With water levels in Lakes Travis and Buchanan near historic lows, it would be irresponsible to send more water downstream."
Under the LCRA's new plan, water will only be released from the Highland Lakes to be sent to downstream farmers if the combined storage of Lakes Travis and Buchanan is at or above 1.1 million acre-feet, or approximately 55 percent full, on March 1, 2014. The current combined storage of Lakes Travis and Buchanan is approximately 727,000 acre-feet, or roughly 36 percent of capacity.
"It is critically important that we secure a lasting supply of clean water for Central Texas," said Rep. Workman. "I applaud the LCRA Board of Directors for taking the courageous step to increase the threshold to 1.1 million acre-feet, which will allow the Highland Lakes to recover."