Interests up and down the Colorado River weighed in Tuesday at a Capitol hearing on a proposal that would enshrine water cutoffs for rice farmers in future drought conditions.
The proposal, by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, and state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, would also bar the Lower Colorado River Authority from asking cities and industries to undertake even voluntary water-saving measures unless the utility has stopped delivery of water to downriver rice farmers.
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