LCRA Misleading Public

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 23, 2007

Dear Editor,
    The Lower Colorado River Authority is attempting to educate the public about water in the lower Colorado River basin. This is good, but they're also misleading the public.
    In the first series LCRA compared Travis, Burnet, and Llano counties growth rate to Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties at 37-to-1. This is astounding news; no wonder our Region K will have a future water shortage. So why give our water to San Antonio?
    In the second series LCRA dictates more reasons for future Region K water shortages. Sad, but all true and good reasoning. Once again, if Region K will have shortages with the Austin area demanding more water from the Colorado River, why in the world do we want to supply Region L's San Antonio area with water from our basin? We will need it for ourselves.
    LCRA hits the nail on the head in their third series. While LCRA and others continue to assure us that no groundwater will go to San Antonio in the LCRA SAWS Water Project, some folks keep asking why so many (70) huge deep groundwater wells are necessary for this project. LCRA claims it's to supplement farmers' irrigation water.
    However, in paragraph four of the third series it clearly states, "Region L (San Antonio) identified a dozen ways to meet future shortages with groundwater and surface water from the lower Colorado River basin."
    There it is, folks, plain and simple. Region L plans to take our groundwater as well as Colorado River water! As inter-basin transfer of surface water was made legal with the stroke of a pen in 2001 as House Bill 1629, the same can happen overnight to the shipment of groundwater. Our groundwater! You cannot tell me that both LCRA and the San Antonio Water System are planning on this change in the future.
    Don't be taken in when LCRA says this was a misprint, mis-statement, misinterpretation, or otherwise mistaken wordage. If that sentence is wrong, don't you think LCRA's multiple proofreaders, various communications experts, and all approvers of their public statements would have caught it?
    LCRA and SAWS both want what the Colorado River basin has – surface and groundwater! Don't let them fool you.
    Speak up, stand up, let your local, state, and U.S. representatives know you want to keep Region K's water in Region K. Let SAWS know, too!
Judy Bishop Jurek
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