Kolkhorst: Pressure on water issues ‘not pretty’

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Delaine Briscoe of Francitas, left, makes a point with Janet Peden, center, and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst during the senator’s appearance at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, July 16, at the Bay City Civic Center.

   There is enormous pressure on Texas lawmakers on water issues, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst remarked at a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon attended by about 85 people last week.
   “It’s not pretty,” Kolkhorst added about that “understated pressure” to a positive comment from Haskell Simon at the Civic Center event Thursday, July 16, about her efforts in protecting Colorado River interests.
   Kolkhorst represents Matagorda and 20 other Texas counties in the state senate and was strongly supported in her senate election bid by Simon, a longtime county rice farmer, and others in the lower river basin.
   In the next legislature, Kolkhorst will become the senior Republican senator on the Colorado River, with Horseshoe Bay State Sen. Troy Fraser’s decision not to seek re-election.
   “Senator Fraser did a great job for his district,” that includes much of the Highland reservoirs north of Austin, Kolkhorst said.
   Fraser is well known for supporting measures to curtail Colorado River to lower basin interruptible water users, principally rice farmers, and for trying to increase windstorm insurance coverage rates for coastal - higher than what other parts of the state would have to pay.
   Her more senior role on the Colorado could help her constituents in the lower basin.
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