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Water supply at critical levels – Austin’s response: hire a consultant

Folks, those of you who have been following me on this issue realize that we should have been taking action years ago to add to our water supply infrastructure.  FINALLY Austin is beginning to admit that we may have a small problem – we could very quickly be running out of water.  But what is […]

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Austin’s water supply drops to a new benchmark

As of this morning, Austin’s remaining water supply had officially reached a new benchmark – i.e, below 700,000 acre-feet, as LCRA’s daily measurement came in at 698,000, while inflows remain at historic lows.  By the way, inflows over the last 5 years have been the lowest of any 5 year period in the history of […]

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Water supply – another scary number

Over the last 7 days, our water supply has dwindled by another 18,000 acre-feet.  If you need a little context to make that number meaningful, that is an amount of water equal to almost 2.7% of our entire remaining supply.  At this rate we will lose another 11.5% of our remaining supply in the next […]

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Water supply continues to dwindle

Over the weekend, Austin’s water supply dropped another 5,000 acre-feet.  All of the supply provided by July rainfall has been used up or has evaporated, and our effective remaining supply is 680,000 acre-feet.  Evaporation rates are above average, inflows are at historic lows, and rain predictions are noncommittal (with good reason).  Without significant rainfall above […]

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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 […]

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