Basin leaders need to work together on water issues

   People in Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties should work together when it’s time to travel to Austin on lower Colorado River basin water supply challenges.
   That was just one takeaway from a Tri-County Water Summit last Thursday, June 11, at Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse attended by about 80 people from all three counties.
   “A meeting like this is a good idea for a host of reasons. Two, three, four or 20 heads are better than one,” said Robbie Cook, a former state representative from Eagle Lake, who now lobbies for farming and water interests in his former district.
   “Regional cooperation makes a real big difference at the capitol,” said Cook, who still farms in Colorado County. “This is a good way to get ready for the next (legislative) session.”
   Cook reviewed several pieces of proposed legislation affecting surface water and groundwater for the summit audience of farmers, groundwater district representatives, Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado county officials, city council members and chamber executives.
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