Posted: Mar 18, 2013 6:29 PM by Morgan Frances - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 19, 2013 7:36 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A lot of property owners on Lake Corpus Christi are frustrated that the lake levels continue to drop. They believe the city is releasing water into the Nueces Bay based on a mandatory order.
Sharon Greenwood who lives on Lake Corpus Christi said, "it's lake property but, yet, we don't have any lake."
Greenwood says her family has lived on Lake Corpus Christi since the 1960's. She's seen the water rise up and drop back down but nothing compares to how it looks now. The frustrations have grown in the past year for people who live near Lake City.
Because the Nueces River was dammed up to create Lake Corpus Christi, essentially stopping water from getting to estuaries down river, the City of Corpus Christi has an agreement with the state that says they must release a certain amount of water into the Nueces Bay to keep the bay from getting too salty.
Once the lake and Choke Canyon get to a combined water level of 30 percent, that water release essentially stops. Right now the combined capacity sits at 36.6 percent but because there hasn't been a significant rainfall, the releases have already stopped. This has created some confusion among home owners in the area who still think the releases are happening.
"We ought to let nature take it's course and take care of the estuaries and just let the lakes stay and not release so much water," Greenwood said.
Work coordinator for the Wesley Seale Dam, David Lozano, says he wants to reassure those people; that they're going to make sure there's enough water for people to drink before they send it downstream to the fish in the Nueces Bay.
The water level at Lake Corpus Christi alone was at 29.4 percent capacity last year at this time; currently, it sits at 15.6 percent of it's capacity.
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