The state has given the Lower Colorado River Authority permission to divert nearly as much Colorado River water each year as Lake Buchanan can hold.
The LCRA on Monday announced approval has been granted by the
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. LCRA applied for the
permit in 1999, leading to years of studies and negotiations with
environmental groups and water rights owners.
The permit opens the way for the LCRA to build reservoirs in Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda counties.
The LCRA will be allowed to capture up to nearly 854,000 acre-feet of water annually during floods and other high-flow times. The water will be stored in reservoirs off the main channel of the Colorado River in the three counties.