By Asher Price – American-Statesman Staff
Despite record rains over Central Texas this spring, the Lower Colorado River Authority can continue to withhold reservoir water from most downriver farmers, state environmental commissioners ruled Wednesday.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved an emergency order that allows the LCRA, which doles out water from lakes Travis and Buchanan, the chief reservoirs of Central Texas, to continue to withhold the dammed-up water.
Austin remains under water restrictions
Austin City Manager Marc Ott announced this week that despite the recent rainfall and fuller lakes, the city would continue to follow Stage 2 watering restrictions, which allow lawn watering once a week. Periods of drought can still follow heavy rains, Ott noted in a memo to the City Council. “Going back immediately to a schedule less restrictive than the one-day-per-week watering schedule could send a signal that concerns about water are over,” he wrote.