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Some hope for Lower Colorado River Basin stakeholders

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 18, 2014 – Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition celebrated a small victory when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not make a determination on the proposed Lower Colorado River Authority’s Emergency Order increasing the interruptible water cut-off trigger to an unprecedented 1.1 million acre-feet. Commissioners referred the issue to the State Office of Administrative Hearings to deliberate the case. The coalition is working to ensure at least some consideration is given to the land, food production, wildlife, businesses and communities that depend on water releases from the Highland Lakes.

Texas water policy ups and downs

After rains forestalled the Lower Colorado River Authority’s request to cut off in-flows to Matagorda Bay in October, a second victory for Texas water came in November 2013 when DU-supported ballot initiative Proposition 6 passed by a large voter margin.

LCRA again decides to restrict water to rice growers

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has again decided to restrict the water supply to rice growers for the upcoming growing season. Ducks Unlimited is once again disappointed in the decision.

Ongoing drought forces second year of water withheld from Texas rice growers

RICHMOND, Texas - March 2, 2013 - Although not unexpected in the face of ongoing drought conditions, Ducks Unlimited is once again disappointed in the decision to restrict the water supply to rice growers for the coming growing season.

Texas’ increased lake level requirements not good for ducks

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Board has reacted to significant political pressure from the lakes communities and the City of Austin and raised the level requirement of Lakes Buchanan and Travis. This change means that unless it rains (and forecasts are not good for that), there will not be water for rice in the LCRA system for another year. This will have a huge negative impact on ducks.

DU responds to LCRA water allocation decision

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 16, 2012 - The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) board, after lengthy testimony dominated by a large Highland Lakes contingent, passed an emergency order that will likely provide enough water for first crop rice on approximately 50 percent of the fields in Texas's Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.

Ducks Unlimited supports off-channel reservoir development to benefit Texas coast wetlands, waterfowl and rice

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited fully supports the Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) move to develop off-channel reservoirs to provide much-needed water resources for Texas mid-coast rice agriculture and wetland management.

Ducks Unlimited invited to speak to LCRA board

RICHMOND, Texas – June 19, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited was invited by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting to discuss waterfowl habitat impacts from this year's rice water curtailment and ways to collaboratively provide waterfowl habitat in the future.

Texas water organization and DU meeting to discuss rice agriculture, importance to waterfowl

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has invited Ducks Unlimited to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The LCRA denied water for rice agriculture uses in the Texas Mid-Coast this year, essentially eliminating 60,000 acres of important habitat for wintering waterfowl in one of DU’s highest-priority conservation regions.
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