The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide Page: 97
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THE TEXAS ALMANAC.
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-Courtesy U. S. Geological Survey.
A portion of the great raft in the Colorado River in Wharton and Matagorda
Counties. For more than forty miles the main channel is blocked by an aceeunulation
of logs and silt. With the assistance of State aid through remission of State taxes,
these two counties voted bonds for cutting a new channel. and this work is now in
brought on a controversy during 1927
which attracted wide attention. The
granting of the permits was protested on
the ground that future reservoir con-
struction on the upper reaches of the
Colorado and its tributaries would be
precluded by these permits.
The only large reservoir on the Colo-
rado at present is that at Austin, con-
stucted by the city of Austin for mu-
nicipal water sullpply. The original dam
at this point failed during the great flood
of April 7, 1900'. It was reconstructed in
1910-12, but the project fell into litiga-
tion, which has not been cleared up dur-
ing ensuing years.
There is a power project dam on the
Colorado at Marble Falls, and a municipal
dam on the Llano at Llano, but both of
these are comparatively small. There is
a project for a large dam above Brown-
wood on the Pecan Bayou to furnish wa-
ter for Brownwood municipal purposes
and for irrigation. There is also a ten-
tative project on the Colorado in Coke
County for the irrigation of lands in
Coke, Runnels and Tom Green Counties.
Though there is no large irrigation
project on the Colorado, there is a large
rice growing area watered from the
channel in the coastal plain territory in
Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda Coun-
ties, and there are a number of irrigated
areas along the upper reaches of the Col-
orado and its tributaries, notably in Run-
nels and San Saba Counties on the Colo-
rado, in Menard and San Saba Counties
on the San Saba, and in Tom Green
County on the Conchos.
THE LAVACA BASIN.
This stream rises in Fayette County and
flows into Lavaca Bay. Its length is
about seventy-seven miles and it has a
drainage area of 2,280 square miles. It
is fed by numerous tributaries; there is
no gauging of any length of record on
this stream. There are no notable con-
servation or reclamation projects along
TIHE GUADALUPE BASIN.
The Guadalupe River rises in two
prongs in the western part of Kerr Coun-
ty and flows southeasterly 255 miles into
San Antonio Bay, an arm of the Gulf of
Mexico. It has a drainage area of 5,850
square miles. Most of this territory is
open country and the average rainfall is
about thirty inches, yet this stream is fed
by the perennial flow of so many spring-
fed tributaries that it has in its lower
channel a flow of more than 1,000,000
Furthermore the flow is consistent and
is therefore well adapted to power devel-
opment. There is considerable at New
Braunfels on the Comal, a short but
strongly flowing perennial tributary, and
there is also some power development on
the San Marcos, the other of the two chief
perennial tributaries to this river. There
are some good power sites along the main
channel of the stream in Guadalupe, Gon-
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