by THE TEXAS TRIBUNE
Fishing and tourism in Matagorda Bay depend in large part on freshwater supplied by the Colorado River. But the drought has all but cut off those flows. The Lower Colorado River Authority says that’s not likely to change anytime soon unless Central Texas gets significant rains to shore up water supplies for Austin and nearby cities. In the meantime, wildlife and recreation on Texas’ Gulf Coast have suffered.
COVER: An overnight fishing trip on Matagorda Bay last year. With its Highland Lakes still at critical low levels, the Lower Colorado River Authority has reduced the flow into the Colorado River to a relative trickle, threatening the ecology of the coastal estuary. PHOTO by PATRICK LEWIS. © 2012, Used with permission.