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Agency seeks halt to Colorado River water releases

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The agency that regulates water levels of the Colorado River lakes in Central Texas will ask the state to allow a halt to releases of that water downstream to Matagorda Bay.

By a 9-6 vote Wednesday, the Lower Colorado River Authority board decided to ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 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. However, the LCRA contends the water to be released is especially vital to Central Texas with a drought leading to historically low water levels in the lakes.

Also, LCRA General Manager Becky Motal announced she'll retire at the end of the year after serving 2½ years in the job and 27 years with the LCRA.

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