Some Central Texas Lakes Dry Up

TOW (July 21, 2013)--The prolonged drought in Central Texas is dropping water to historically low levels in a string of six lakes dammed in the 1930's and 1940's to prevent flooding in the Austin area and to secure the region's water supply.

A record lack of rainfall that dates back to 2008 partly explains why lakes are drying up, but the Austin American-Statesman reported that many residents and Austin city officials blame the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The LCRA says it's continued to release water in order to honor contracts with rice farmers along the Gulf Coast.

As the lakes approach 30 percent of capacity, which is the third of three milestones that need to be reached to call this the worst drought ever, Austin plans to implement additional water use restrictions.

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