Posted: Mar 2, 2013 11:09 AM
Updated: Mar 2, 2013 11:10 AM
HOUSTON (AP) A Texas water supplier is cutting off irrigation waters to downstream rice farmers for the second consecutive year.
The Lower Colorado River Authority says Saturday a persistent drought that has depleted reservoirs has forced it to again cut off water. The farmers were also cut off last year.
The move is not a surprise because the authority announced in January that barring significant rainfall, the lake levels would be too low to release water to rice farmers in Southeast Texas.
Ronald Gertson is chairman of the Colorado Water Issues Committee, a group that represents rice farmers in the three impacted counties. He says the lack of water will result in a loss of about 55,000 acres of rice.
Texas is one of the largest rice growers in the nation.