Meetings focus on Alcoa-LCRA water

CAPARO, Post Oak Savannah Water District sessions scheduled Sept. 10-11

A pair of meetings on consecutive evenings Sept. 10-11 may shed l ig ht on what ’s become a much-discussed topic of conversation in the Rockdale area—the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) plans to acquire land, and water rights, at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

The Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa Rockdale Operations (CAPARO) will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

That’s an informational session— no action of any kind— but will include representatives of both Alcoa and LCRA which two weeks ago announced its plans to purchase 34,000 acres of land, water rights and power contracts at the site.

The nex t evening, Sept. 11, the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conser vation District will meet to discuss Alcoa’s plans to drill 24 new water wells in Milam and Burleson Counties.

That session is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Milano Civic Center/ Fire Station.

CAPARO—The adv isor y panel’s Sept. 10 session will mark the first public appearance by LCRA representatives since the proposed agreement was announced.

The public is invited, according to facilitator Diane Sheridan, but RSVPs are requested so the group may plan seating and refreshments.

To RSVP, contact Sheridan at 1-800-484-9212 (extension 4127), or

Rockdale residents may also contact CAPA RO members John Hughes at 512-947-3191 or Bob Wilson at 512-446- 5700.

CAPARO, composed of 15 citizens from throughout the community, was formed in 2003 and meets several times throughout the year.

The agenda will include a visitor comment period.

POSGCD—The water district board is charged with de c id i ng whe t her A lc oa’s request to drill 24 additional wells, with a potential of 25,000 acre-feet of water per year, will be approved.

The aluminum company currently has the right to pump 15,000-acre feet per year for use on its property.

Gary Westbrook, POSGCD general manager, has pointed out the water district has not approved any transfer permits for Alcoa which would allow any water to leave the district, composed of Milam and Burleson counties.

Any future plans by LCRA to ex por t water—it s st ated intent in purchasing the property which also includes 10,500-acre-feet Alcoa Lake— would require amending those permits.

The Alcoa-LCRA agreement could be finalized in six to 12 months and will need final action by the LCRA governing board.

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