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Why using Austin’s water supply for rice farming should be off the table – permanently

In May of 2010, Lake Travis was 100% full.  38 months later it is at 36%. And during one-half of that time period, we have been operating under emergency orders prohibiting agricultural releases.  This shows clearly why we have to stop using Austin’s water supply to grow rice downstream – forever.  Even when the lakes are 100% full, the municipal, industrial and power plant demand upon them has grown too large for any decision to use significant amounts of water for agriculture to be deemed reasonable and responsible.



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