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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:15 PM

Users fight over Brazos River water rights

Is this goodbye to the Brazos?

A half-century after John Graves penned the elegiac “Goodbye to a River,” the story of his canoe journey down the mighty river before a new round of dams was built, some say the Brazos is under threat again. This time, the quasi-public Brazos River Authority is asking for the rights to possibly every drop left in the river to meet future demands of a swelling population.

The request has run into an unlikely band of opponents, including farmers, landowners, environmentalists and the Dow Chemical Co,, which operates a giant complex near the mouth of the river that uses more water than many Texas cities.

“I just do not want to see the Brazos River turn into a ditch,” said Ed Lowe, who owns about 30 acres along the river in Hood County. “Rivers are ancient entities that we should protect.”

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Users-fight-over-Brazos-River-water-rights-2682944.php#ixzz1kPObOLzM (article from the San Antonio Express News)

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