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TexasTowelie

(113,551 posts)
Sun Mar 3, 2013, 04:43 AM Mar 2013

LCRA cutting off water to rice farmers

The Lower Colorado River Authority is cutting off irrigation waters to downstream rice farmers for the second consecutive year.

The LCRA says Saturday a persistent drought that has depleted reservoirs has forced it to again cut off water. The farmers were also cut off last year.

The move is not a surprise because the authority announced in January that barring significant rainfall, the lake levels would be too low to release water to rice farmers in Southeast Texas.

Ronald Gertson is chairman of the Colorado Water Issues Committee, a group that represents rice farmers in the three impacted counties. He says the lack of water will result in a loss of about 55,000 acres of rice.

Texas is one of the largest rice growers in the nation.

Source: http://www.kvue.com/news/LCRA-Cutting-Off-194539961.html

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LCRA cutting off water to rice farmers (Original Post) TexasTowelie Mar 2013 OP
The stupidity of growing rice in a drought amazes me. hobbit709 Mar 2013 #1
Central Texas coalition urges buyout of rice farmers TexasTowelie Mar 2013 #2
What good is another reservoir when there's not enough rain to fill it? hobbit709 Mar 2013 #3
I really wonder where fracking They_Live Mar 2013 #4

hobbit709

(41,694 posts)
1. The stupidity of growing rice in a drought amazes me.
Sun Mar 3, 2013, 10:06 AM
Mar 2013

Not that TX is overly blessed with abundant rainfall to start with.

TexasTowelie

(113,551 posts)
2. Central Texas coalition urges buyout of rice farmers
Mon Mar 4, 2013, 04:09 AM
Mar 2013

Follow-up story from AAS:

A consortium of Central Texas businesses and communities has floated a novel solution to the tug of war over Colorado River water: Pay downriver rice farmers not to farm rice.

Members of the Central Texas Water Coalition are asking the Lower Colorado River Authority to pay rice farmers at least $100 million not to farm rice in perpetuity. They figure that’s cheaper than the cost of a proposed downriver reservoir, whose costs the LCRA estimates at $206 million.

The idea is only broadly conceived, said coalition president Jo Karr Tedder. “We’re trying hard not to get into a battle over every drop of water and where it’s going to go,” she said.

The payout, she said, could benefit rice farmers by next year — faster than the reservoir, which will not be built until 2017, at the earliest.


More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/central-texas-coalition-urges-buyout-of-rice-farme/nWf6J/ .

hobbit709

(41,694 posts)
3. What good is another reservoir when there's not enough rain to fill it?
Mon Mar 4, 2013, 09:21 AM
Mar 2013

The reason they're not getting water now is there's no rain upstream of Austin.

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