2012-09-06 / Front Page

ALCOA and LCRA Water Meetings

There are two important meetings next week that may be of interest to many. One is the Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa Rockdale Operations, which will be held Monday, September 10, and the other is the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District, which will be held on Tuesday, September 11. Both of these could affect Lee County’s water.

CAPARO’s meeting will include discussions about the recent announcement that LCRA intends to purchase 34,000 acres at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations. Along with the land, LCRA would secure the water rights, adding as much as 45,000 acre-feet per year in surface and groundwater to their operations.

Alcoa will go before the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District on Tuesday, requesting permits to drill 24 additional wells, with a potential of producing 25,000 acre feet of water per year. If LCRA’s purchase of the Alcoa land is approved by their board, and if Alcoa receives the permits from POSGCD for the 24 wells, any future plans by LCRA to export water from those wells would require amending those permits.

Reservations are required to attend CAPARO’s meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Alcoa Lake Training Center. Call 1-800-484-9212 to make reservations.

POSGCD’s meeting will be held at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station at 5:30 p.m.

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