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LCRA considers lowering Lake Austin

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The Lower Colorado River Authority is considering lowering Lake Austin by 2-4 inches, due to the drought. That's not sitting well with people who use the lake.

LCRA says this would be a short term solution to help out with the drought, because lowering the water would give more room to capture water.

This wouldn't be the first time the lake's been lowered, every few years the city requests it to be lowered, either during times of drought, to fix and update docks, or to kill unwanted vegetation, like hydrilla.

An LCRA spokesperson said the drought is so severe that it's forcing staff to think of innovative solutions to insure we have drinking water. Right now, more water is coming out of Lake Austin than going in.

"We have had concern that many folk on the pass though lakes don't understand how severe this is. If you get in a helicopter and fly above Lake Buchanan the river is dried up. It is actually not flowing in some areas. That is the inflow problem, but we still have these daily demands and we don't have any water coming in," said Manager of Water Operations for LCRA, Ryan Rowney.

The board is not ready to act on this suggestion but is only considering this a one possible solution.

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