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State agency gives LCRA approval to cut off water to rice farmers

By Asher Price - American-Statesman Staff



Rice farmers will almost surely go without water from Central Texas reservoirs for the third straight year after the top official at the state environmental agency on Monday granted the regional water authority emergency, drought-period powers.

Short of a biblical deluge over the next month, the Lower Colorado River Authority will not have to provide agricultural water to most rice farmers under the emergency order signed by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality executive director Richard Hyde.

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