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LCRA chips away at rate-hike proposal after public outcry

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have tempered a proposed water-rate hike by narrowing the increase contributed by upstream customers and shifting more of the burden of the hike to agricultural interests downstream, according to calculations from the revised plan.

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LCRA hosting meeting to discuss proposed water rates

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority is hosting a meeting March 31 at Lakeside Pavilion to discuss proposed new raw water rates. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. LCRA staff will be available one on one to discuss the proposed rates and other water-related [...]

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Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay launch tighter restrictions, fines for water waste

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Municipalities have implemented more stringent water conservation measures detailing use guidelines and waste penalties which could leave customers and cities paying more even as water usage decreases, officials say. Persistent drought conditions and recent limits placed on downstream agricultural customers hastened the move towards tighter water use [...]

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TCEQ approves emergency drought order for Highland Lakes with no trigger point

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR AUSTIN — Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners left Highland Lakes officials scratching their heads Feb. 26 after approving an emergency drought relief order but striking the trigger point portion of the request. “I was just stunned that they went without a trigger point,” said Jo Karr Tedder of the [...]

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Judges side with Highland Lakes over downstream customers in water fight

DANIEL CLIFTON AND CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Two administrative law judges upped the ante when it comes to how much water must be in lakes Buchanan and Travis before the Lower Colorado River Authority can release it for downstream irrigation and rice farming purposes under a proposed emergency drought relief order. On [...]

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TCEQ sends LCRA emergency drought relief request to judge

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Some Lower Colorado River Authority irrigation customers, including rice farmers, have challenged the authority’s emergency drought relief request, forcing the issue to go before an administrative judge in February. On Feb. 12, LCRA officials asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to approve emergency drought relief for a third straight [...]

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Highland Lakes officials urge residents to take stand on water-level triggers

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — County officials are asking Highland Lakes residents to write or email Texas Commission on Environmental Quality leaders to request they raise the water-level triggers that would curtail downstream releases from the Highland Lakes. Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger is asking residents to send emails to Richard Hyde and Lori Wilson [...]

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LCRA names executive director of TxDOT its new general manager

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors voted unanimously Dec. 18 to hire Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, as the organization’s 11th general manager. Wilson will begin work at LCRA on Feb. 1. He will replace Rebecca S. Motal, who is retiring Dec. 31, [...]

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Progress made on water plant for drought-stricken Spicewood Beach

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF SPICEWOOD — Heavy equipment rolled into Spicewood Beach Village on Dec. 12 to unload water plant components, launching the installation of a new system to serve communities in eastern Burnet County, officials said. Crews are scheduled to pour the foundation for the facility delivered to the old plant on Linda [...]

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LCRA wants to curtail water releases for environmental health to Matagorda Bay

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Citing low water levels in lakes Buchanan and Travis, the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors passed a resolution to ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to allow the water authority to curtail releases from the two reservoirs to Matagorda Bay. The water releases were being made for [...]

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LCRA eyes Lake Austin action to keep more water in Lake Travis

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Lower Colorado River Authority officials are considering a move that would keep a little more water in Lake Travis, but folks along Lake Austin could see a dip in their lake levels.

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Hot, dry weather leads Llano and Burnet counties to reinstate burn bans

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Local county leaders banned outdoor burning after hot, dry conditions prompted the decision. Llano County officials announced the move Aug. 12 followed by Burnet County Commissioners on Aug. 13.

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Houston man drowns during family outing on Lake Buchanan

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BUCHANAN DAM — A 62-year-old man died after disappearing in Lake Buchanan on July 20. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Capt. Kevin Davis said Calsido Cisneros of Houston was swimming during a family gathering on Lake Buchanan when relatives noticed he was missing around 11 a.m.

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Drought not eased by 3-7 inches of rain in Highland Lakes, according to LCRA

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — A reported 3 to 7 inches of rain since Monday have replenished some stock ponds and ushered in humid conditions but failed to ease drought conditions, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. “It hasn’t done too much for our lakes in the larger sense. It’s a maybe [...]

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