LCRA’s drought plan offers few specifics
August 20, 2013, 7:00 pm by James Walker
The Lower Colorado River Authority has something resembling a plan for how to proceed in the event the Highland Lakes region reaches a drought worse than the drought of record status.
That plan is essentially a broad outline with a few trigger points but little in the way of specifics regarding the actions to be taken if and when such a declaration is issued, how to enforce its provisions, what happens if the drought persists and water in the Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis reservoirs continues to diminish and how to proceed when they begin to fill up again.
That became obvious Tuesday during the LCRA board of directors’ Water Operations Committee meeting as board members and the authority’s staff discussed a drought contingency plan.
If the current drought conditions continue the Buchanan and Travis reservoirs would likely drop below 600,000 acre-feet of combined storage in late October or early November, Ryan Rowney, LCRA’s manager of water operations, told the board.
The 10-year drought of the
1940s and 50s is known as the Drought of Record and the record low level of
stored water in the Buchanan and Travis reservoirs was 621,221 acre feet on
Sept. 9, 1952.
For more, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin and Llano County Journal, and Friday's Highlander.
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