Power Politics and the Battle for Water: A Lecture by Author John Williams

DateMarch 28, 2017Time3:30 - 5:00 pm
LocationPackard Hall, Marrs-McLean Science Building
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Arguably, no other institution has transformed the heart of Texas like the Lower Colorado River Authority. Born in the Great Depression of the 1930s, LCRA built a chain of dams and brought predictability to the cycles of extreme droughts and floods that had long plagued Austin and other communities. It also brought hydroelectric powerâ€"and with that, modern-day civilizationâ€"to the hard-scrabble regions of Central and South Texas.

With those achievements, and the support of powerful political leaders like Lyndon Johnson, LCRA for years was touted as one of the state’s major success stories. But LCRA has never been a stranger to controversy, and while it continues to provide much of the energy and water that fuels the economic engine of Austin and beyond, most people know very little about LCRA.

Come and hear author John Williams tell the story of the forces of nature and politics that combined to create the LRCA.

PublisherUniversity Libraries
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