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The leftover water from many rice farms and irrigation canals is what makes East Bay such a wonderful fishing place, and a healthy bay with huge migratory bird populations. I hope this is considered by LCRA while the overall river system is looked at to see where water efficiencies can be implemented. If the system becomes so efficient that none is left for East Bay, then there is going to be a problem which will affect the very large tourism economy for the county as well as the quality of life for people who live there just so they can fish or birdwatch, etc.
I wonder how much water is lost to evaporation from the time it leaves Miller Dam until it reaches the point of sale? (The field it is supposed to go to.) How many acre-foot for the whole system per day, week, month or year? How much is that loss worth? Who is paying for that loss? My bet is the "End User".