AUSTIN (April 23, 2013)--The Lower Colorado River Authority has been releasing water from the Highland Lakes to support a threatened fish as farmers downstream deal with the lingering drought.
The LCRA reported Tuesday in its operations summary that the release is intended to help meet the environmental needs of the blue sucker.
The authority said the large river fish is considered a threatened species by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The releases began April 11.
The LCRA is required to meet certain flow levels during the spawning season of blue suckers.
The LRCA website also indicated the authority for a second straight year will not release Highland Lakes water to most downstream farmers for irrigation, citing continuing drought conditions.