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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

TxDOT chief named next LCRA general manager

Phil Wilson, the Texas Department of Transportation's executive director, will become the new general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, LCRA's board decided Wednesday. Wilson will replace Becky Motal, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Much at stake as LCRA chooses new leader

To understand the level of crisis facing the Lower Colorado River Authority, look no further than the three-page job description the agency has drafted in its search for a new general manager.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Audio: Flood raises concerns over troubled Austin dam

Recent flooding near Lady Bird Lake in Austin has called attention to long-standing mechanical problems at the dam that forms the lake — problems that the city of Austin is aware of but hasn’t found the money...

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Video: Lack of freshwater threatens Matagorda Bay

Fishing and tourism in Matagorda Bay depend in large part on freshwater supplied by the Colorado River. But the drought has all but cut off those flows. The Lower Colorado River Authority says that's not likely to...

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

LCRA approves plan that could cut water for rice farmers

After a contentious meeting over its latest drought management plan, which is almost sure to cut off water for coastal rice farmers in the lower Colorado River Basin for the third year in a row, the Lower...

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

LCRA names interim general manager

The Lower Colorado River Authority named Ross Phillips its interim general manager on Wednesday. Phillips joined the agency as a computer programmer in 1990 and has worked primarily on the electric side of the agency's business. He...

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Advocates threaten legal action over Matagorda Bay’s future

More than 100 environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met Wednesday to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay, a major destination for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing that has suffered greatly in recent years...

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

LCRA chief announces resignation

Becky Motal, the general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of this year.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

As Austin’s lakes dwindle, gulf coast may also suffer

As the Highland Lakes that supply Austin's water continue to dwindle, the Lower Colorado River Authority may take the unprecedented step of cutting off freshwater flows it normally releases from the lakes into Matagorda Bay.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Council to take on budget, tax rate

San Marcos city staff is proposing a $166.5 million city budget to be supported by a property tax rate of 53.02 cents per $100 of taxable value. It would be the sixth straight year that the city...

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