What is in this article?:
- Biologist says shared conservation needed for Matagorda Bay
- Singling out specific water users unfair
- More conservation is needed by all users
A conservation biologist has warned that cutting off river inflows into the fragile Matagorda Bay system should not be allowed because of the potential negative impact to wildlife and the environment.
Singling out specific water users unfair
Brown encouraged Texans to remember that water is required for all life and livelihoods, and that all users must take part in conserving this limited resource.
Brown argues that the general public, especially residents living in urban areas, need to understand that watering the lawn to keep it green and washing the car are luxuries we may not be able to afford during times of serious drought and water shortage.
“How is watering the lawn weekly or keeping golf courses and business grounds green a matter of public health and safety?” Brown asked the board. “If the public doesn’t start thinking along those lines and share water conservation responsibilities equally, then we are going to debate and argue the issue while the supply continues to dwindle and limit our economy.”
Over the last two years LCRA asked for and was granted authority to limit water use by rice farmers, resulting in lost rice acres and less production. But Brown says lake levels continue to drop and as much as 75 percent of water used in urban areas is "dumped on the ground" or used for other non-essential purposes.
“Cities and communities, which are justly worried about their economies in the face of limited water, are calling for halts in environmental and agricultural uses while not taking a hard look in the mirror at their non-essential uses,” Brown said. “Cities must recognize their water-conservation policies are not working and make responsible changes."
Earlier this year, citing drought problems and low lake levels, LCRA Board Chairman Timothy Timmerman says the Board is not planning on lowering lake levels any further.
“Our Board is looking at innovative ways to expand and extend our water supply, but the idea of lowering the lakes is not and has not been a serious consideration,” said Timmerman.
More on the effects of the LRCA moves to restrict water.