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Tag Archives: Lower Colorado River Authority

Monday, December 12, 2016 by Cate Malek

LCRA defends wind power divestment decision

The Lower Colorado River Authority is responding to pushback against its decision to end a $360 million contract to take power from the Papalote Creek Wind Farm.On Dec. 2, the LCRA sent out an email to its employees laying out…

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

LCRA seeks to protect land in river basin from development

The Lower Colorado River Authority is looking for landowners who will agree not to sell their property to developers. In an effort to protect water quality and quantity and to preserve Texas’ cultural heritage, the LCRA has been working with…

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin’s summer likely won’t be a hot mess

Bob Rose, the head meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, has some good news.“I was thinking this was going to be a really hot, dry summer,” he told press attending the LCRA’s annual “Meteorologist Day” at the Redbud Center.…

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Jack Craver

LCRA releases new plan to conserve water

Water is about to get more expensive for rice farmers in the Lower Colorado River Basin.That message appears to be the gist of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s new Drought Contingency Plan, which emphasizes conservation in response to the 2011-2015…

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

LCRA lowers water rate for cities, municipalities

The Lower Colorado River Authority is “making it rain” – savings, that is.The river authority’s board of directors approved a proposal on Wednesday to lower water rates for “firm” customers, typically cities and municipalities in Central Texas, starting in January.The…

Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Central Texas water management plan updated

The Central Texas drought may continue, but the days of uncertainty about how to handle the water on which Austinites and others depend appear to be over for the foreseeable future.The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved a major amendment…

Friday, September 25, 2015 by Jack Craver

LCRA’s transmission business prospers in wake of deregulation

Typically it’s not public entities that benefit from deregulation, but a 1999 law deregulating Texas’ electricity-generation market has been a boon for the Lower Colorado River Authority’s transmission business.“It’s a future of continued growth,” said Ross Phillips, LCRA executive vice…

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

TCEQ upholds lake release limits

Despite recent wet weather, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality affirmed an emergency order Wednesday that extends limits on downstream releases from lakes Travis and Buchanan.The move comes in response to a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority and…

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Central Texas not drought-free yet

Staff with the Lower Colorado River Authority may have breathed a sigh of relief after May’s record-breaking rainfalls, but they’re not considering the area drought-free just yet.At the LCRA meeting Wednesday, experts provided an overview of possible weather expectations for the next few…

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

LCRA says Central Texas drought worst on record

The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Wednesday that, based on preliminary data from last year, it now considers the drought that has been afflicting Central Texas since 2008 to be the worst on record.LCRA Executive Vice President of Water John…

Sunday, December 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Brigid Shea has big ideas for Commissioners Court

In November, Brigid Shea was elected to the Precinct 2 seat on the Travis County Commissioners Court. She sat down with the Monitor earlier this month to discuss her plans, and got right to the point.“I intend to be very, very active,”…

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Gene Davis

LCRA seeks more limits on downstream release

With an analysis predicting the possibility of record low storage levels in lakes Buchanan and Travis early next year, the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors voted 11-2 Wednesday to ask the state for a fourth year to limit…

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

LCRA approves Water Plan changes and reservoir

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board members unanimously voted to accept several key amendments to their its 2012 Water Management Plan Wednesday. The board also voted to build the LCRA’s first new reservoir since the 1940s.The vote was the final…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Travis Commissioners endorse LCRA water plan

Travis County Commissioners approved a letter Tuesday endorsing the Lower Colorado River Authority’s latest Water Management Plan, saying that while the plan was the product of some “tough calls,” it does the best job of protecting the water supply in…

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

LCRA delays vote on water management plan

Despite pleas from stakeholders to take swift action to protect lakes Buchanan and Travis from drought conditions, the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors voted Wednesday to postpone a decision that would have moved the water management process forward.…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Lower Colorado River Authority Board Meeting

The full LCRA board meets to conduct business.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by Mark Richardson

LCRA finalizes sale of 18 small water systems to Corix Utilities

The Lower Colorado River Authority has closed the sale of 18 of its former small water/wastewater systems to Corix Utilities Texas, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Corix Utilities. Officials gave no price for the transaction.LCRA officials announced in 2010 that they…

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Water task force recommends finding more ways to save water

After months of tedious and lengthy meetings, the city’s blue ribbon task force assigned to make recommendations on how Austin should deal with an ever-shrinking water supply unanimously approved a report to City Council Wednesday.   The major message from…

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Jenny Blair

LCRA Board raises rates for water customers through 2015

Water along the Colorado River Basin will get pricier, at least for customers who can still turn on the tap. The Lower Colorado River Authority’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday to raise rates for water customers.   The rate…

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Bill McCann

New LCRA team: varied experience, highly paid

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s new general manager Phil Wilson received a hefty pay increase when he moved from the hot seat at the Texas Department of Transportation to another hot seat at the state-created water and power authority two…

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