Shea Applauds Travis County's Support for LCRA Emergency Drought Order

Announcement Highlights Shea’s Leadership on Water Issues 
 

February 12, 2014 — Austin, Texas — Brigid Shea applauded the Travis County Commissioners Court vote today to support a reduction in the amount of water released downstream from the Highland Lakes. TCEQ is taking testimony today on LCRA's plan to require more water in the lakes before releasing flows for downstream agriculture uses.

Shea has been a leader on water issues in Travis County for the past 25 years. In the last year, she has convened a broad coalition of lake interests and environmental leaders to find solutions to our water problems.

Shea, who is running for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2, said:

“Water conservation is the least expensive and most effective way to stretch our water supplies and respond to our changing climate. But it's not enough to only conserve water.  LCRA also needs to reexamine how much water they release for agricultural uses and the bays and estuaries.”

Shea's working group of lake interests and statewide environmental leaders are in the process of finalizing policy recommendations for LCRA and the region. These recommendations would encourage more water conservation and a scientifically based approach to water availability and usage. 

The LCRA’s decision comes in response to a report by TCEQ showing that 2013, 2011 and 2008 were the 3 worst years for water inflows from tributaries since 1942 in addition to monthly inflows being below average in 44 of the past 45 months. Because of the severity of the situation the LCRA is working to revise their long term plans to reflect the current water shortage. According to John White from the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department this process could take up to a year to complete.

Ms. Shea has a wealth of knowledge on water issues to contribute to the discussion as the founder of the Texas chapter of Clean Water Action and architect of the Save Our Springs initiative. This experience has earned her endorsements from three prominent environmental groups: The League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and Clean Water Action.

To learn more about Brigid’s policies on water conservation please visit www.voteforbrigid.com

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