Texas’ environmental agency is putting the brakes on a long-term plan for managing Central Texas’ main water supply, saying Monday that the managers of the Highland Lakes may not be adequately accounting for the kind of drought now affecting the region.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages the lakes, must “take into account information raised in … public comments, such as recent streamflow,” according to a Monday letter to the river authority from Zak Covar, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Covar wrote that the environmental agency plans to spend four months more gathering information about the drought’s effect on the lakes before passing the new plan along to the commission board for a final vote.
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