Lower lake levels also decrease property values at the lake, he said.
More draw down would decrease the lake’s all-around value to the county, he said. “Once that water leaves here, it’s gone.”
While a large chunk of the fight on both sides seems concerned with recreational issues and economic impact to lake property, the BRA’s primary concern is water resources, Phillips said.
“These lakes are there for water supply,” he said. Water supply, he added, is essential to provide drinking water as well as electrical power all along the Brazos River basin.
Droughts, he added, have caused lake levels to fall before and lakes have recovered when it rains and the drought passes.
“This isn’t the new normal,” he said of the drought. “It’ll happen.”