Brilliant article in this morning’s Houston Chronicle on the plight of the Texas rice farmers. With the Travis County region’s population boom, and attendant thirst for water, Matagorda, and other historical rice farming counties are suffering greatly.
That pretty lawn you’re dead set on having in spite of the mercury registering 100+ degrees for three months straight? It’s taking food out of the mouth of a Texas farmer.
The tradition of rice farmers drawing water out of the Colorado River began over 130 years ago and continued apace til 2012 when the Lower Colorado River Authority shut off the taps for rice farmers in Matagorda, Colorado and Wharton counties.
The effect was immediate and stunning. 1200 jobs blew away with the Texas wind while the lawns of an Applebee’s in suburban Austin glowed an emerald green. Almost 18 million dollars was sucked out of the Matagorda economy.
read the article http://goo.gl/RP63dn
It was written by Matthew Tresaugue