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Texas regulator supports water cut to rice farmers

Texas regulator supports water cut to rice farmers
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:53pm

AUSTIN, Texas — A state official says Texas regulators will approve emergency measures that could curtail water to rice farmers next year.

The Lower Colorado River Authority board approved a plan in September that would cut off water to downstream farmers if reservoir levels fall below a certain level on March 1.

The Austin American-Statesman ( ) reports that the head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality notified Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday that he intends to authorize the plan. The three-member panel, which meets Dec. 7, can affirm, change or reject the decision.

Under the plan, no water would be released if levels fall below 850,000 acre-feet. If levels exceed 920,000 acre-feet, a limited amount of water would be released.

The lakes currently hold 743,000 acre-feet.

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