If the Lower Colorado River Authority’s board has its way, relief in the form of water from the Highland Lakes won’t be coming any time soon to an increasingly unhealthy Matagorda Bay.
The board on Wednesday voted 9-6 for a motion proposed by member Scott Spears to ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for emergency relief from a 2010 state-approved water management plan requiring it to release water from the Highland Lakes to the bay. Backers of the bay on Wednesday said salinity there is excessively high and that it might not recover if more water isn’t on the way. Without help, they said, wildlife — including waterfowl, fish and shellfish — and habitat could be severely affected.
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