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LCRA and environmental leadership

Since its founding in 1934, environmental leadership and protection have been central to LCRA's mission — encompassing how it manages water sources, provides reliable energy services and spearheads the conservation of natural areas.

The soaring population of Central Texas — among the fastest-growing regions in the United States — strains regional air quality, water quality and natural resources. LCRA takes an active role in addressing these and other environmental issues and in planning for increasingly more stringent state and federal environmental policies.

Its management and staff are directed by LCRA's enabling legislation, bylaws and Board policies, including an environmental leadership directive. As a regional entity, LCRA is positioned to bring together stakeholders such as state regulators, members of the public, plus community, business and industry leaders to address environmental issues.

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  • LCRA was the first river authority in Texas to adopt a nonpoint-source pollution water quality protection ordinance, and continues to be the only river authority with this type of program. LCRA also monitors illegal dumping and supports household hazardous waste cleanups and private landowners' conservation improvements.
  • LCRA routinely gathers and analyzes scientific data on water quality in the Colorado River basin and is developing advanced computer models to better understand water quality concerns.
  • LCRA has a history of being an environmental leader in Texas, including creating a series of six hydroelectric dams that brought reliable, renewable power to rural Texans and playing a key role in helping launch the state's first commercial wind power plant - the Texas Wind Power Project in Culberson County.​
  • LCRA promotes water and energy conservation through water contracts, wholesale electric customer services, and educational programs. LCRA also has adopted energy and water conservation standards for its facilities.
  • LCRA helps communities improve their water and wastewater systems, in some cases buying substandard wastewater treatment plants and upgrading them to meet state environmental standards and demands from population growth.
  • LCRA provides natural science programs for schoolchildren and adults.
  • As an employer, LCRA is taking part in discussions at the state, regional and local levels on employee incentives and policies that could improve regional air quality, such as carpooling, flexible work hours, hybrid-fuel company vehicles, and green building and purchasing initiatives.​


​​​​If you have environmental questions or concerns, LCRA wants to hear from you. Contact us at Ask LCRA.

To report water pollution concerns in the lower Colorado River basin, call LCRA's pollution complaint hotline at 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 6843.

To report water pollution concerns in the lower Colorado River basin, call LCRA's pollution complaint line at 512-730-6843 or 1-800-776-5272, ext. 6843.
envedu_lakecleanup.jpg This car was pulled from Lake Travis during a cleanup organized by LCRA.


By the numbers


LCRA has dedicated more than 2,500 acres to the Bal​cones Canyonlands Preserve, land in western Travis County designed to protect endangered species and their habitat.

90 percent

LCRA and Austin Energy committed to reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from units 1 and 2 at its Fayette Power Project by more than 90 percent and plantwide nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by about 50 percent by 2010. LCRA can meet these stricter emissions guidelines after developing a first-of-its-kind flexible air quality permit.

$8.2 million

To more effectively manage the river, LCRA has earmarked $8.2 million on a 10-year program to develop water quality computer models of the Colorado River watershed, including its tributaries and lakes.