The fact that the LCRA did not extend the Emergency Drought Order with the TECQ at the October board meeting is not a surprise. They have to allow a means to release water for downstream needs (rice farming).
Never mind that the reservoirs are below 43% full. Never mind that the Water Management Plan calls for curtailment of releases when the lakes are this low. Forget common sense, if the LCRA wants to release water from the lakes, it will be gone.
LCRA’s GM Becky Motal released a statement last week that said “at that time there was still a chance” it would rain and be more water in the lakes. In the past they have not changed scheduled releases due to weather forecast, this must be a change in policy. But following policies, or using common sense, is not a strong suit for the LCRA.
They do what they want, when they want, for their own reasons.
If the drought continues, the lake levels will go lower. Downstream water needs will be in jeopardy. I do sympathize with the rice industry and their needs. But if the LCRA Board agrees to release water for the rice farmers with the current conditions, every Board Member and the GM should resign and allow more qualified people run this agency.