Good news?

Public opposition to LROCR may be generating hope on two fronts

It’s a long way from being settled, but there appears to be some hope the controversial Little River Off-Channel Reservoir (LROCR) may be on the way to what William Safire referred to as “the ash heap of history.”

Last September, Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group narrowly voted to keep the Gause-Milano reservoir—which would inundate 4,300 acres—in their long-range plan.

At the time it was generally believed even if Region G eventually dropped the plan, it would be picked up by Region H (Houston area).

But in April, 2016, it’s a different story. Region G is mulling at least five alternatives to the LROCR (see story page 1A). And, while nobody can talk for Region H except Region H, it’s by no means clear the big-city folks would jump in quickly if Region G passes.

What changed?

That’s easy. The folks who make long-range water planning decisions for our state—and there are important decisions to be made—have realized the depth and passion of the opposition to the LROCR by the people it would affect.

It would be easier to find a snowball on Sugarloaf Mountain in August that to locate a Milam County resident who thinks the LROCR is a good idea.

Opponents of the reservoir hoped to get a thousand signatures on a petition opposing it. They got 2,442.

Residents whose land, some of which has been in the same families for over 100 years, have packed many Region G meetings to firmly express their opposition.

Milam entities have passed resolutions opposing the plan. Area media have expressed solidarity with the land owners.

Scientific opinions that the area targeted would be poorly suited for such a reservoir have been presented.

You can make a case that LROCR is bad science. It’s obviously bad PR.

Stay tuned. You can bet the people whose homes, lands and heritage will be affected, will do just that.—M.B.

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