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.

Latest News

1) Updated Water Management Plan Receives Final Approval. Higher trigger levels will protect Lakes, but work must continue.

At an open meeting on Wednesday, November 4, the Commissioners of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted 3-0 to grant the LCRA's application to revise its Water Management Plan. The plan approved by the TCEQ today will replace the plan that it approved in January 2010, and will go into effect by January 1, 2016. CTWC released the following statement to the press:

"This is good news for Central Texas. We applaud the TCEQ and LCRA for taking steps to protect the drinking water supply for over a million people. We are grateful for the considerable amount of work by both agencies, as well as many stakeholders, that went into designing this revised plan. We are hopeful that it will work as intended to prevent the Highland Lakes from being drained to dangerously low levels as they were under the prior plan. The revised plan will protect the needs of drinking water customers in Central Texas by raising the trigger levels for releases of water downstream so that more water remains in storage. Another big improvement is that this plan takes into account different levels of drought conditions and projections of future water storage to determine the amount of water that will be released. Even with this new plan in place and with lakes back to functional levels after recent downpours, we must never take our water supply for granted. All water users must do their best to conserve water every day. Water should be managed and valued as the precious resource that it is."

CTWC played a major role in building and maintaining support for the plan. All who have supported our coalition deserve credit for this victory.

To view LCRA Fact Sheet with the new Water Management Plan information, CLICK HERE

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 petitioned the city of Goldthwaite to withdraw their request to 'partner' with the Leonard Family and build a dam on the Colorado River. More information on the proposed dam can be found on our website at: CLICK HERE

To view CTWC comments to TCEQ about our concerns about approval of this application, CLICK HERE To review the application materials, CLICK HERE and 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

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