Brazos River Alliance meets with Perry’s staff on lake issues

August 10, 2013

Members of the Brazos River Alliance met at the Capitol Thursday with members of Gov. Rick Perry’s legislative staff to discuss the Brazos River Authority (BRA) and Lake Granbury’s declining water level.

Alliance spokesman Ken Hackett told the Hood County News on Wednesday that the meeting was scheduled for Thursday morning at the Capitol.

He said that state Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) and state Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) would be attending, unless they were on the floor participating in a vote. If that happened, he said, the two lawmakers would be represented at the meeting by staffers.

County Judge Darrell Cockerham and Granbury City Council member Tony Allen were among the contingent traveling from Hood County for the 11 a.m. meeting. Hackett said that Jim Lattimore, president of the Possum Kingdom Lake Association, was also slated to attend.

The local businessman said that the Alliance has growing support, including from Realtors and the Texas Marina Association.

Hackett said that the purpose of the Thursday meeting was to discuss with staffers from the governor’s office concerns about the BRA and its management of water rights.

“The purpose is to make (the governor’s) staff aware of the situation and that it’s not just a natural drought, it’s a man-made drought as well – and we want to present evidence of that,” Hackett said Wednesday.

He said that a move for the Granbury City Council, County Commissioners and the Lake Granbury Waterfront Owners Association to pool funds to hire the Haynes & Boone law firm to fight the BRA’s request for additional water rights is a “separate but parallel initiative” to what the Alliance is doing.

“We’re not endorsing that type of strategy at this time,” he said. “Litigation most likely has to be part of the long-term strategy, but we don’t think the threat of litigation is the thing to do right now.”

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