"Judge grateful for court’s support of river basin coalition" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the court’s meeting Monday, Sept. 23. Crisis Center employees and volunteers Kelly Nelson, Brittany Matthews, Beverly Escobar, and Alyssa Espinosa hold the proclamation. Behind them, from left, are: Commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, Judge Nate McDonald and Commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

   Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald commended commissioners for their support of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition and encouraged them to renew the coalition’s annual $500 membership fee during commissioners’ court Monday, Sept. 23.
   “It’s my belief that the county should always participate in advocating for our own interests,” said McDonald.
   “This is a group that was formed three or four years ago to make the case for water continuing to flow down the lower Colorado River basin.  We have a group up on the reservoirs are known as the Highland Lakes that are called the Central Texas Water Coalition. They raise millions of dollars a year, have an executive director, a full staff and an office up there that advocates not only with the citizenry around those lakes but with the State of Texas legislature.”
   “This is our effort from Bastrop county on down to represent the interests of the lower Colorado River basin. I’ve signed on as an individual member and sent my dues in and I know you all have as well,” he added.
   McDonald added that county uses for water spanned more than just recreational and tourist venues.
   “Our interests down here are important whether agricultural, whether industrial or whatever,” he said.
   “The river belongs to us as much as it does to those folks in the northern or central part of Texas. We have been able to push some things back that could have detrimental effects and unfortunately, they just keep coming. They’re a well-funded group and they have hundreds and hundreds of retirees who have nothing else to do but to make life miserable for those of us in the lower basin.”

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