Highland Lakes water meeting gives public chance to ask questions

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BURNET — Highland Lakes residents can learn about the current water and drought situation during a meeting Feb. 27 at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce St.

The meeting, “Dealing with the Drought Disaster and Water Legislation,” starts at 6 p.m in the second-floor room at the courthouse. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with sitting on a first-come basis.The program will include presentations by officials from several agencies, offices and organizations involved in local and state water issues including the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Central Texas Water Coalition.

Lakes Buchanan and Travis, the two storage and flood-control reservoirs in the Highland Lakes chain, currently are about 41 percent full with little relief on the horizon, officials said. On March 1, LCRA will curtail most downstream releases for irrigation use in Matagorda, Colorado and Wharton counties if the two lakes don’t experience significant increases in water supply.

Burnet County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery said this meeting is a chance for Highland Lakes residents to become educated on the challenges facing the water supply.

For more information on the meeting, pick up the Feb. 27 issue of The Picayune.

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