This is serious. It affects you.
The Highland Lakes region is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Past water management policies that fail to factor in the drought severity and its economic impact on local communities have made the problem worse. The same policies still include a huge price disparity among water customers that does little to encourage conservation among large agricultural users.
Changing times require a change in practice and policy.
Support the CTWC’s work to advocate for responsible water management policies, equitable pricing and greater conservation by all.
1) Update on LCRA's Proposed Water Management Plan: The TCEQ process with the LCRA's Water Management Plan is moving forward quickly. CTWC continues to be actively involved every step of the way. CTWC supports the proposed Plan, which is much more protective of the Highland Lakes than the current Plan. We still have some concerns, which we have raised with the LCRA and the TCEQ, and we are hopeful that our concerns will be addressed without the need for a time-consuming and expensive contested case hearing. Our goals are simple: we want LCRA to operate Lakes Buchanan and Travis under a Water Management Plan that uses more recent hydrologic data; provides greater protections for LCRA's firm water customers; and totally replaces the severely flawed 2010 Water Management Plan -- before the irrigation season begins in 2016.
On July 20, CTWC attended a public meeting regarding the Plan and provided both oral and written comments to TCEQ. CTWC wants LCRA to start the NEXT version of the WMP as soon as this one is in place using current hydrology. Our comments from July 20th to TCEQ can be seen at, CLICK HERE
Send your comments to TCEQ by August 17th IN SUPPORT OF APPROVING THE WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE , WITH A REQUIREMENT TO REVISE IT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO INCORPORATE CRITICAL RECENT HYDROLOGICAL DATA. The new plan MUST BE IN PLACE FOR 2016.
MAIL your comments with a reference of Permit WRPERM 5838 to: Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105 TCEQ PO Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087
Or submit your comments online at: CLICK HERE Enter Permit Number: WRPERM 5838 then click NEXT, if 2 permit items appear, please click on the item that does not have a docket number, this will take you to a page to enter your comments in support of approving the revised Water Management Plan.
2) Update on the Proposed Leonard Dam on the Colorado River: Pecan farmer O.P. Leonard, Jr. filed an application with TCEQ to build a dam and reservoir on the Colorado River upstream of the Highland Lakes. The proposed channel dam would impound 1,000 acre-feet of water and would back up the river for almost 9 miles. The application has already drawn a great deal of opposition. Opponents, including CTWC, LCRA and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, have identified a number of issues, including the threat that this project will capture river flows that should pass through to downstream water users and enter Lake Buchanan. CTWC IS WORKING WITH THE "NO COLORADO RIVER DAM" GROUP, which is petitioning the city of Goldthwaite to withdraw their request to 'partner' with the Leonard Family and build a dam on the Colorado River. Help us by signing the petition at this link: CLICK HERE
The petition will be presented to the City of Goldthwaite at their regular council meeting on August 6th at 5:30pm. More information on the proposed dam can be found on our website at: CLICK HERE
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO ENSURE OUR ACTIVITIES CAN CONTINUE. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TODAY TO CTWC SO THAT WE CAN KEEP WORKING FOR YOU AND OUR LAKES.
1) July 1st: TCEQ commissioners approved LCRA's application for an Emergency Order that suspends LCRA's obligation under the 2010 Water Management Plan to release interruptible stored water. The Emergency Order is effective until October 15, 2015 and may be renewed for an additional 60 days. This will help to protect central Texas' drinking water supply through the remainder of the 2015 irrigation season. CTWC supported LCRA's application to obtain emergency relief from the horrible consequences of continuing to operate under its outdated and ineffective 2010 Water Management Plan. The necessity for emergency orders during the current drought demonstrates that the 2010 WMP is not adequately protective of firm water supplies. See CTWC comments to TCEQ re: the LCRA Emergency Order, CLICK HERE
2) CTWC delivered our message of the need for better management of our water resources to every member of the Texas Legislature. Here are links to several publications that we’ve produced and shared with state leaders to reinforce that we can’t wait until we’re out of water to better manage it.
See Texas Water Update #1 3.19.15, CLICK HERE
See Texas Water Update #2 3.25.15, CLICK HERE
See CTWC's 3.26.15 Legislative Handout, CLICK HERE
See Texas Water Update #3 4.30.15, CLICK HERE
See Texas Water Update #4 7.09.15, CLICK HERE