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POSTED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 7:33pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:50pm

The drought continues across Texas, and some areas are in desperate need of water.

So, the state has ordered us to give them ours.

It’s a new power given to the state.If an older water authority needs water from a younger one, Austin can order it.

And there’s nothing we can do.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was given new power in the last legislature.

When there is a drought like the one we’re in, an older or senior water authority can ask for water from a younger one. And they can get it.

The recent rains we’ve gotten have been good for the local lakes. The trouble is, we don’t get to keep it. It all gets sent downstream.

In essence, the TCEQ gets a request from an older water authority like the ones in south Texas.  They send a letter to a younger one like Tyler or the Upper Neches, and request that any excess from the date of the letter, has to be sent down stream.

There is, as we said no way to fight this, but Tyler will still ask for clarification from Austin.

And we want to know if the people who need our water, are using the same restrictions we are to conserve what they have.

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This is a very misleading article. The bill passed in the last Legislature is not even effective yet. It won't go into effect until next Spring at the earliest. The law of prior appropriation is the source of TCEQ power being exercised here. That has practically always been the law in Texas regarding surface water permits. First in time, first in right. This appears to me like local officials are trying to pass the buck for their poor planning.

Mark McPherson, Lawyer, Dallas
@enviropinions

Actually, as the piece says, the new element here is the TCEQ now makes the call rather than the courts being involved. And yes, it is in effect now, witness the letter of November 10th ordering Tyler to comply.
If you are correct, I would inform the city and the TCEQ, with whom we spoke, that they are all wrong.

Maybe the Tyler water department need to open up some fire hydrants and let them run for weeks on end again. This should help with the water shortage.

Slick rick and cronies strike again...what do the clowns in the repub-controlled TCEQ expect towns the size of Tyler to do when next summer, and the summer after that,the drought situation gets even worse in East Texas? With climatologists predicting a 10-year cycle of drought and that this past summer was just the first year in the cycle, draining ET lakes is lunacy! Teabaggers want less government? Repubs are shouting for less government? This is your Big Brother government at it's worst.

Send your thanks to the Republican Legislature and the Republican Governor.

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