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LCRA Defers Plans to Cut Off Water to Matagorda Bay

After recent rains, the Lower Colorado River Authority has halted its plan to manage low water levels in the Highland Lakes by cutting off water to Matagorda Bay.

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After recent rains, the Lower Colorado River Authority has announced that it will halt its plan to manage low water levels in the Highland Lakes by cutting off water to Matagorda Bay, the Austin American-Statesman reportsAlthough the rains raised Lakes Buchanan and Travis by a percentage point, from 33 to 34 percent full, they likely added six weeks to three months' worth of water. The rains were also good news, at least temporarily, for species of coastal fish and wildlife that rely on freshwater inflows from the Colorado. 

Editor's note: This story's original headline incorrectly suggested that the LCRA would release water to Matagorda Bay. 

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