The reason given for building Lake Corpus Christi (Mathis Lake) in 1958 was for boating and recreation. The lake stayed full almost all the time and the area around the lake thrived with revenues associated with boating, fishing, skiing, swimming and construction of homes and businesses.
Choke Canyon Reservoir was built and Lake Corpus Christi has been drained down to 22.9% capacity. Even though the evaporation rate at Choke Canyon is 76 per acre foot and at Lake Corpus Christi is 75 per acre foot. Lake Corpus Christi is nothing but mud flats with sand bars, dead trees and fence posts from when it was farmland Water is still being let out of Lake Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi parks are still watering in the middle of the day and no water rationing has been announced .
Now, the South Texas Water Authority seeks to sell water to oil and gas companies on the recommendation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The Nueces River Authority data states that the “NRA works closely with the City to protect the water quality and supply associated with Choke Canyon.” The NRA doesn’t even mention protecting Lake Corpus Christi. At some point Lake Corpus Christi will not be able to be revived .
May I ask what the long-term goal is for Lake Corpus Christi and for the 450,000 people Lake Corpus Christi used to serve.