From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Praises LCRA Board postponement of decision on changes to the 2010 Water Management Plan
Urges careful, well thought out, and methodical approach

Austin — At the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors meeting in Matagorda County today there was great concern over possible action by the Board on a staff recommendation that LCRA make immediate application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to seek emergency and temporary flexibility from the current provisions of their Water Management Plan. The Board opted to postpone any decision until a special Board meeting to be held on November 10th in Austin.

Senator Hegar urged Board members to continue to look at options stating, "The decision that you are working on today, as well as those that the Texas Legislature will make in the coming years, will decide the fate of individual hardworking Texans and entire communities for many future generations. Therefore, understanding the short term and long term implications of your decisions, I strongly request that you take a very careful, well thought out, and methodical approach to how LCRA plans for its 2010 water allocations."

In asking for a postponement of the decision, Senator Hegar emphasized, "It is important that you take time to visit, communicate with, listen to, and receive comments from the constituents and communities, in order to make the most appropriate decision for the entire Colorado Basin. Your decisions will have a significant and lasting impact on the people that I represent and the entire local economy for many years to come."

Understanding the magnitude of the situation and the decision that the Board faces, Senator Hegar continued, "This past year, many parts of Texas have endured a long and difficult drought, including our very own Colorado Basin. As a result of the record high temperatures, low precipitation, and record low inflows into the Highland Lakes, the Colorado River basin may well be suffering a drought worse than the drought of record for this region. The constituents of the Colorado Basin fully understand that steps must be taken to plan for next year’s water allocations and I commend you for having the courage, determination, and willingness to tackle this very difficult challenge. In fact, your decision could impact the people who live and work in the lower basin for literally a lifetime and your decision may well turn out to be the most significant decision that this board will make in the 21st Century."

"The Board's willingness to slow-down and take the time to look at other options, illustrates the magnitude of this decision. I commend the Board for their readiness to listen to the constituents they represent, for showing that they are truly deliberative in their decision making process, and for taking the time to consider and explore all options rather than make a rash decision," stated Senator Hegar.

Senator Hegar has served two sessions in the Texas Senate after serving two terms in the House of Representatives. He is Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission as well as a member of Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Criminal Justice and Vice-Chair of Government Organization Committees. He is a 6th generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. The Hegars reside in Katy, Texas.