LCRA http://tpr.org en NBU Wins $29.7 Million Lawsuit Against LCRA http://tpr.org/post/nbu-wins-297-million-lawsuit-against-lcra <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A jury in Comal County has found in favor of New Braunfels Utilities in a lawsuit against the Lower Colorado River Authority.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The verdict could mean a nearly $30 million judgment against the </span>LCRA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for violating its contract with the local utility.</span></p><p>In returning the verdict in favor of NBU, the jury found that LCRA had breached its 1974 Wholesale Power Agreement with the utility and violated state law by charging excessive and discriminatory rates.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:54:17 +0000 Eileen Pace 35594 at http://tpr.org NBU Wins $29.7 Million Lawsuit Against LCRA Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives http://tpr.org/post/looking-third-year-water-shortage-rice-farmers-considering-expensive-alternatives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After being told by the </span>LCRA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that they could face a </span>third g<span style="line-height: 1.5;">rowing season with no irrigation water, some rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are considering spending millions of dollars to drill for groundwater.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The LCRA decided they were stopping the flow of water downstream from the Highland Lakes because of low lake levels due to drought conditions. </span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:25:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30602 at http://tpr.org Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives LCRA Board Approves Money For Major Downstream Reservoir Project In Wharton County http://tpr.org/post/lcra-board-approves-money-major-downstream-reservoir-project-wharton-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Board of Directors for the Lower Colorado River Authority has approved the next phase of a downstream reservoir that will capture some of the water heading to </span>Matagorda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bay.</span></p><p>This week, the LCRA board approved spending $17 million that will go toward finalizing the design of the reservoir in Wharton County.</p><p>The LCRA’s Clara Tuma said the reservoir in the lower basin will provide fresh water to the Gulf Coast bays, as well as Texas rice farmers on the coastal plains.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:47:04 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28634 at http://tpr.org LCRA Board Approves Money For Major Downstream Reservoir Project In Wharton County Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request http://tpr.org/post/dozens-testify-tceq-hearing-lcra-highland-lakes-water-request <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commissioners with the Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality spent nearly six hours hearing testimony from those that would be affected by a request from the </span>Lower Colorado River Authority<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to stop the flow of water coming from the Highland Lakes.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:35:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 26657 at http://tpr.org Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request TCEQ Still Mulling Decision To Stop Flow Of Water From Highland Lakes http://tpr.org/post/tceq-still-mulling-decision-stop-flow-water-highland-lakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hear public testimony Wednesday on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s emergency request to stop the flow of water heading downstream to Texas rice farmers.</span></p><p>Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said they are especially concerned with this year’s emergency order because of the number involved.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:21:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 26554 at http://tpr.org TCEQ Still Mulling Decision To Stop Flow Of Water From Highland Lakes Former Head Of TxDOT Named LCRA’s General Manager http://tpr.org/post/former-head-txdot-named-lcra-s-general-manager <p>Texas Department of Public Transportation CEO Phil Wilson has been called a "problem solver" by current members of the Lower Colorado River Authority Board. As LCRA’s new General Manager, he’ll need to be just that as the Board has recently voted to stop the flow of water headed downstream from Lakes Travis and Buchanan to Texas’ rice farming region for the third year in a row.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:54:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 23789 at http://tpr.org Former Head Of TxDOT Named LCRA’s General Manager How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org/post/how-lcra-river-restrictions-are-affecting-oyster-harvesters-matagorda-bay <p></p><p>Matagorda is just another small Texas town, but its bay is one of the key areas in the state for oyster harvesting and processing. It’s also where the mouth of the Colorado River feeds into the Gulf of Mexico, which creates a unique habitat for animals that survive within a careful balance of fresh and salt water.</p><p>The area has been hit hard in recent years by drought, and the lack of rainfall has also taken its toll on the aquatic life, whose survival depends on the fresh water to lower the salinity levels of the bay, which is where shrimp hatch and oysters reproduce.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:47:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22210 at http://tpr.org How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay LCRA Votes To Raise Water Threshold For Highland Lakes http://tpr.org/post/lcra-votes-raise-water-threshold-highland-lakes <p>After hearing from state lawmakers, conservation groups and affected farmers, the LCRA board voted to raise the lake level threshold before any water is released to the rice farming irrigation areas of Texas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The LCRA approved raising the lake level threshold from 850,000 acre feet to 1.1 million acre feet of water, and the board also asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to enforce mandatory water restrictions for people living along the Highland Lakes, limiting lawn watering to once a week.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:14:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22247 at http://tpr.org LCRA Votes To Raise Water Threshold For Highland Lakes Thanks To October Rains, LCRA Pulls Request To Stop Water Flow Into Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org/post/thanks-october-rains-lcra-pulls-request-stop-water-flow-matagorda-bay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lower Colorado River Authority has rescinded its request to block the flow of water headed downstream into </span>Matagorda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bay from the Highland Lakes.</span></p><p>In the early part of October, the LCRA issued an emergency request from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, but this Tuesday they said recent rains that led to flooding in sections of Central Texas brought the lake levels up to a suitable level.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:49:42 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21883 at http://tpr.org Thanks To October Rains, LCRA Pulls Request To Stop Water Flow Into Matagorda Bay LCRA Could Stop The Flow Of Water To Rice Farmers For A Third Straight Year http://tpr.org/post/lcra-could-stop-flow-water-rice-farmers-third-straight-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.lcra.org/" target="_blank">Lower Colorado River Authority</a> may soon be requesting permission from the state </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to stop the flow of irrigation water headed downstream to Texas rice farmers from the Highland Lakes.</span></p><p>A statement released by the LCRA detailed the staff recommendation.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:46:22 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21237 at http://tpr.org LCRA Could Stop The Flow Of Water To Rice Farmers For A Third Straight Year