Severe drought calls for conservation throughout basin

We all have a role to play in preserving our water supply June 9, 2014 By Timothy Timmerman Chair, LCRA Board of Directors There is nothing more important to our communities than a reliable water supply – our homes, our businesses, our very lives, depend on it. As we enter the seventh summer of this severe drought – and despite the recent rain in Central Texas – it is more essential than ever that everyone in the lower Colorado River…

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Managers Discuss Hill Country’s Water Resources and the Drought

Livestock Weekly May 22, 2014 By Colleen Schreiber SAN ANTONIO – The Trinity Aquifer and the Upper Guadalupe River are major components of the hill country’s available water supply. While these water resources typically do not receive as much attention as the more prominent Edwards Aquifer, for example, with the rapidly growing population in this part of the state their importance has never been more crucial. Ray Buck has served as the general manager for the Upper Guadalupe River Authority…

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Environmental and economic protection through water supply development

May 22, 2014 Tom Hegemier, Central Texas Land Water Sustainability Forum  Recent rainfall in Austin delivered more water to the Gulf, but little to lakes Travis and Buchanan, the area’s water supply reservoirs. With near average rainfall the last two years and the lakes continuing to fall, a historic flood or an extremely wet year is necessary to replenish central Texas water supplies and avoid the unthinkable. Ongoing dry conditions could force LCRA in July to declare a new drought…

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California’s Drought: Cheap Water, But No Free Lunch

Droughts are too often viewed as local disasters. The historic drought gripping California, which grows more than 90% of the country’s almonds, broccoli, grapes and tomatoes, reminds us that in today’s global economy, the economic repercussions of water scarcity ripple far beyond any single state. In California, as in Texas, drought has provoked a conversation on how to invest in more secure water supplies–but for both states, drought is just a preview of water shortages that are likely to persist,…

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January Driest in Decades – Severe Drought Continues

The amount of water flowing into the Highland Lakes in January was the lowest for that month since the 1950s. The lower Colorado River basin is in its seventh year of a severe drought, and the Highland Lakes remain near historic low levels…Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region’s major reservoirs, now hold about 762,000 acre-feet, or 38 percent of capacity. Read more from the LCRA

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Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

Pay attention to what’s happening in California – “17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. ‘I have experienced a really long career in this area, and my worry meter has never been this high,’ said Tim Quinn, executive director of theAssociation of California Water Agencies.” Read more from the NY Times here.

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