Central Texas supplier could cut off rice farmers

1/8/2013 6:00 AM
By Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials overseeing water in Central Texas could again cut off farmers' allotments as dry conditions persist.

The board of the Lower Colorado River Authority will vote at an emergency meeting Tuesday and likely cut water for most downstream rice farmers.

It cut farmers' water last year for the first time.

The authority staff faces fallout from a persistent drought. The Austin American-Statesman reports the LCRA recommends withholding water if the combined storage of lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region's chief reservoirs, is less than 850,000 acre-feet on March 1.

Monday the water totaled 823,628 acre-feet. An acre-foot equals about 325,000 gallons.

The board voted in November to cut off rice farmers only if the combined storage fell below 775,000 acre-feet on Jan. 1 or March 1.

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