Why don't we stay on water rationing all year round? I don't need a green lawn if it means we don't have water for crops.
Rice growers have come to expect certain things from the coastal plain near Matagorda Bay: sun, rich soil and abundant water.
But after the driest year on record in Texas, the farmers might be without water for the first time.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages the river from just above Austin to the bay, will decide
March 1 whether to withhold water from one of the most fertile granaries in the nation. The decision would affect farmers in Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton counties, which produce 5 percent of the U.S. rice crop.