LCRA water plan submitted to TCEQ, review begins

AUSTIN, TX. (AP) - Texas regulators have up to a year to review a water management plan from the Lower Colorado River Authority to better deal with drought.

The LCRA on Monday submitted the plan to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The proposal offers methods to manage water downstream from lakes Travis and Buchanan during dry conditions.

The lakes provide water for more than a million people in Central Texas, as well as serving industrial and farm needs.

The measure would eliminate the so-called "open supply," which makes unlimited water available for downstream agriculture use when the lakes are above a defined trigger point. Restrictions would apply.

The proposal was adopted by the LCRA board on Feb. 22.

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