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Eastward view, downstream from Longhorn Dam

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Westward view, upstream from Longhorn Dam

Don’t shut off the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam.

One dam. Two stories.


The view from Longhorn Dam tells the story of how water management decisions in the lower Colorado River basin determine who has water in a historic drought and who does not–a story of the haves and have nots. From the dam, the view upstream paints a picture of abundance—a system of lush green parks, healthy lawns, a rising downtown and a recreational lake filled to the brim. Turn and face downstream, and immediately, the fate of the other half is clear. A small flow travels slowly, dry patches pocket the riverbed, and algae growth thrives. Much of the time wastewater provides the meager flows downstream.

Let the story be told that water releases dedicated to agriculture and the environment are the lifeblood of Colorado River downstream flows. Without those flows, communities from Travis County to the Matagorda Bay are in jeopardy.

Those of us downstream ask our neighbors to join us for a balanced approach to water management–management for all. Let’s stand together to say: Keep the river flowing downstream of Longhorn Dam all the way to the Matagorda Bay.


Most major lakes in Texas built to address floods and drought rather than recreation, June 2018 – Read more

Lakeway approves pact with Central Texas Water Coalition to advance City’s interests in matters related to Lakes Travis and Buchanan, March 19, 2018 – Read more

LCRA requests contested case hearing on proposed hazardous-waste landfill in Colorado County, March 13, 2018 – Read more

Texas A&M offers more free water-well tests following Hurricane Harvey, Oct. 27, 2017 – Read more

LCRA Hydromet helps residents and first responders, Oct. 16, 2017 – Read more

Communities along the Colorado River are digging out with fewer hands, Sept. 21, 2017 – Read More

A Texas Farmer on Harvey, Bad Planning and Runaway Growth, Aug. 30, 2017 – Read More

Forecasters look to possibility of El Nino’s return later this year, April 21, 2017 – Read More

New reservoir could help Texas rice belt, April 12, 2017 – Read More

Committee assignments for the Texas House and Texas Senate are now final, Feb. 9, 2017

Texas officials, wary of species designation, pay for mussel research, Jan.10, 2017 – Read More

LCRA receives $8 million grant for second new reservoir, Dec. 21, 2016 – Read More

LCRBC letter to TCEQ opposing approval of the Altair hazardous waste disposal site, Dec. 1, 2016 – Read More

Is bird-friendly beer possible? Something you might not have considered… – Great Birding Projects – Read More

Wet year leads to water for Colorado River rice farmers – Texas Farm Bureau – Read More

Floodgates to open at Mansfield Dam for first time in 9 years – Fox7, April 24, 2016 – Read More

LCRA flood operations to continue; Manfield Dam floodgate to open Monday morning – LCRA, April 22, 2016 – Read More

LCRA contracts to release water to supplemental downstream users – Community Impact, April 19, 2016 – Read More

River coalition calls for better conservation after TCEQ action – Southwest Farm Press, March 6, 2015 – Read More

Colorado River Coalition calls for more conservation as ag water is cut off for 4th straight year – Read More

Who are we?

Communities downstream of the Longhorn Dam—from eastern Travis County to the Matagorda Bay—have disproportionately sacrificed to help the Lower Colorado River Authority manage the current drought in the lower Colorado River basin.

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Act Now

If you believe in a healthy lower Colorado River and Matagorda Bay, stand with us to say, “Do not shut off the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam in Austin.”


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