AUSTIN, Texas — The agency that regulates Colorado River lake levels in Central Texas has decided not to ask the state to allow a halt to lake water releases downstream to Matagorda Bay.
The Lower Colorado River Authority said in a statement Tuesday that it is withdrawing its request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The LCRA says recent heavy rains that caused flash floods in the Austin area have made withholding water from downstream unnecessary.
The ongoing drought had prompted the LCRA to vote in September to ask the state to waive temporarily requirements for water releases from the Highland Lakes.
The releases are required to maintain the health of the coastal bay's ecosystem.