AUSTIN — The winter rains in drought-stricken Central Texas have led to the largest increase in lake levels — 3 feet at Lake Travis in five days — since Tropical Storm Hermine brought about a foot of rain in September 2010.
In the Lower Colorado River Authority's water operations committee meeting Tuesday, that bit of good news preceded roughly two hours of public comment and discussion about its new draft water management plan, which the LCRA is expected to vote on today.
Water levels have been rising gently over a winter that has surprised meteorologists by bringing much of the area more precipitation in the past two months than was recorded in the driest 12 months of the drought. LCRA officials said Tuesday that they are no longer forecasting the reservoir lakes to dip to 600,000 acre-feet of combined storage, the trigger point for forcing cities to cut their water use.
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