Amid the worsening drought, the Lower Colorado River Authority’s board signaled Tuesday it will consider, among other emergency measures, lowering the levels of the four smaller, constant-level Highland Lakes, including Lake Austin.
The possibility surfaced at a meeting called to decide whether the LCRA should release water downstream to keep Matagorda Bay’s fish and shellfish healthy. The LCRA board ultimately decided against skimming water from Lake Austin and three of its companion lakes for now — but the unorthodox and controversial idea reflects the far-ranging options now apparently on the table.
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