In a legislative session dedicated to setting aside money to build pipelines and finance conservation projects to meet Texas’ growing water demands, lawmakers took the opportunity to pass or kill a variety of other water-related and environmentally minded proposals.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, which came into the session embattled following a furor over the potential release of Highland Lakes water to rice farmers, emerged as a winner. In January, the LCRA board had voted to take emergency drought measures that would cut off rice farmers for the second straight year, but that move didn’t satisfy state Sens. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, and Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
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