Food and Farm No Water

September 21, 2011 - 3:20 AM
Rancher and farmer Victor Corporon looks over his rice field Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Palacios, Texas. Corporon and his wife Barbara depend on water from the Colorado River to grow rice, a staple of their farm near the Texas coast. But as the Lower Colorado River Authority contemplates a drought measure that would cut off water to farmers, the Corporons and hundreds of other South Texas farmers are trying to figure out how they’ll keep their farms going through the most severe one-year drought in Texas history. Officials are considering a proposal that could cut off water to about 250 farmers, mostly rice, in Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties, the biggest rice-producing counties in Texas. The proposal, which could get a vote Wednesday, would only be implemented if water levels fall below a certain level in lakes Buchanan and Travis on Jan. 1. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)