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If one Brownwood man gets his wish, Lake Coleman will soon be dry. Terry Wiseman let his intentions be known at the fishing tournament last week on Lake Brownwood, “most people don’t know this, but Lake Brownwood holds senior water rights in this region, and if we wanted to, we could require Lake Coleman, Hords Creek Lake, and Lake Clyde to drain their water in to the tributaries that feed Lake Brownwood.” Wiseman has apparently been doing his research, as Lake Brownwood is in fact the senior water rights holder for this area, and if he gets his way, could benefit from much needed inflow from the reservoirs that reside above Lake Brownwood.
Wiseman intends to speak to members of the Brown County Water Improvement District about the water rights. Wiseman said any possible act to drain neighboring lakes would without a doubt need their full support. “We have to have the support of the water board if we wish to do this. While it would be nice to drain all three, we’ve got to start with Lake Coleman, it’s the biggest of the reservoirs above us,” added Wiseman.
Coleman residents are outraged at the news. Mary Beth Hudson is no exception, “those city folks in Brown County think they can take our water when they should just learn a thing or two about conservation. Every time I drive through there all the yards are pretty and green. As far as I’m concerned they’re a bunch of traitors anyway after they left the pandhandle plains to join the hill country.”
Brownwood residents appeared to be split on the idea. Jackson Brown stated that while he knows Brown County could benefit with the extra water, he questions whether or not it’s ethical to take Coleman’s water. Jeff Brummet disagreed, “our lake was here first, if they won’t give it to us, I’ll go and get it myself. I’ve got 10 of them 55 gallon drums I can take over there.”
The issue is sure to divide the community and cause anger and hatred between the two counties, something Wiseman stated he’s ready for, “I’ve been thinking about the consequences of this for awhile now. They may not like us, but at least we will have water.”
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