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AUSTIN — A compromise proposed by Lower Colorado River Authority officials to a water-management plan that took weeks to hammer out is raising eyebrows.

The change could allow rice farmers in the Colorado River basin to receive more water during dry spells from storage reservoirs Travis and Buchanan than originally intended, officials said.

Indeed, if the new minimum is adopted, rice farmers may receive about 31,000 more acre-feet during a severe drought.

PHOTO 1: Lake Travis has dropped significantly because of severe drought in Texas. File photo