A piece by Rick Spruill of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times describes the increased salinity in the waters of the Nueces Delta, where the Nueces River flows into the saline Nueces Bay. Diverting freshwater from the Frio and Nueces rivers into Choke Canyon and Lake Corpus Christi reservoirs has cut the amount flowing into the delta, and drought has drastically reduced freshwater releases into the downstream ecosystem. Hypersalinity may reduce the population of commercially harvested shrimp and crab.
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