As the water supply in the Lake Travis area nears the lowest levels in history, LCRA is sending more water downstream to maintain shoreline habitats.
Yesterday, I wrote a Plea from One Lake Travis Lover to Another.
Today, I want to make you aware of an upcoming event that you can attend and help make a difference in how the area lakes are being managed.
Mark your calenders for the Save Lake Travis Fundraising Party happening September 28, 2013.
Admission is free, but the Central Texas Water Coalition is desperately seeking donations. They need your donations to help with legal costs, funding for needed scientific research, and education efforts. CTWC is fighting to protect our lakes from continuing to be drained to provide enormous amounts of water for rice farming. All proceeds will go to help CTWC and Friends of CTWC. If we don’t change current LCRA policies, we are destined to have lower and lower lake levels.
The Shades Drink Truck will have beer, wine, cocktails, soda, and water available. There will be live music by Ken Davidson and the Black Diamond Experience. Most importantly, you’ll learn how the mismanagement of Lake Travis led to it being emptied to supply rice farmers with water in the midst of a drought and how you can help change this so it doesn’t happen again.
I hope to see you there!
Save Lake Travis Fundraising Party
September 28, 2013
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Shades Live Music Stage at the Sail & Ski Yacht Club
16406 Stewart Rd, Austin, Texas 78734 (map)
Curtis Ratica says
It’s not just about the rice farmers, it’s also about organizations and cities who refuse to do their part to conserve. The BCRUA is a prime example. The 3 cities that comprise the BCRUA, Cedar Park, Round Rock and Leander do not NEED more water. They have recently built a pump on Trails End to deplete Lake Travis at a rate of 31 MILLION gallons of water…. PER DAY!! And it gets worse, much worse. They aren’t satisfied. It’s like a race to see who can steal the most water. Incredibly. the BCRUA has already begun construction on yet another Lake Travis drainage project! Phase 2 has started construction which is yet another pump to pull an ADDITIONAL 106 million gallons out of Lake Travis per day. And get this… there is a phase 3. So, if the BCRUA isn’t stopped and stopped quickly, there is no more Lake Travis.
Todd Hower says
Thanks for this additional information Curtis. It’s all the more reason to get involved and help save Lake Travis from this nonsense. And in case people don’t already know, the three cities that created the BCRUA purchased their water rights from the LCRA!