Highland Lakes http://tpr.org en 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 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 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 A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water http://tpr.org/post/how-tiny-bit-vegetable-oil-could-save-texas-billions-gallons-water Parts of Central Texas saw as much as 12 inches of rain over the weekend. Water levels in the Highland Lakes &#160;rose slightly, but the storm was far from a drought-buster.<p>Lakes Travis and Buchanan remain only about one-third full.&#160;<p>As the historic drought drags on, water planners are scrambling to find new supplies and conserve the ones we have.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But one of the biggest things affecting water supplies in a hot, dry state like Texas is evaporation. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:11:15 +0000 Matt Largey, KUT News 20160 at http://tpr.org A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water