LCRA About to Finalize Water Plan Through 2020
A vote is imminent on a plan that would regulate water use from the Highland Lakes to the Gulf Coast until 2020.
“It’s really hard for me to be speaking here today, because we are staring down the devastation of the drought of 2011,” said Janet Caylor, representing businesses on Lake Travis. “And as y’all are aware, there have already been multiple bankruptcies, loss of jobs, many are struggling to stay in business.”
Lake Travis business owners say too much water is sold at too low a price to rice farmers. But rice growers, like Billy Mann from Bay City, say their families have been farming for over 100 years and that they have a historical right to this water.
“In the future, farmers will have to grow more pounds per acre on more marginal land, it looks like with less water,” Mann said. “Can we do it? We’re going to have to, but hopefully we will have the water there for us.”
The Lower Colorado River Authority board expects to vote Wednesday on its water management plan.