to immediately declare a
Lost Pines GCD to sell to the City of Bastrop
The LCRA staff will now prepare an emergency request and send it to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for approval. This process is expected to take about 15-20 days.
"Cutting off the life support flows for Matagorda Bay without requiring serious cutbacks on lawn watering is not fair or consistent with state law," opined Myron Hess, water lawyer and Manager of Texas Water Programs for the National Wildlife Federation.
"TCEQ's rules are very clear in requiring that an applicant for emergency relief of this sort must show that there is "no feasible, practicable, alternative" to suspending environmental conditions," wrote Hess in a press release. "LCRA can't meet that test because the LCRA hasn't taken adequate actions to conserve water and avoid the need to suspend or reduce flows for the bay."
Environmental Stewardship supports Hess' plea that the TCEQ should deny LCRA's application and require LCRA to manage all water demands equitably. Matagorda bay and the people who depend on it should not be required to shoulder the pain of the drought without more shared sacrifice by other water users. We will advise you when to take ACTION on this item.