Colorado River shortage leads to Texas duck habitat loss

By on March 15, 2012

A drought-induced shortage of Colorado River water could lead Texas to lose tens of thousands of acres of habitat crucial for migrating waterfowl, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

According to the agency that manages the allocation of Colorado River water for municipal drinking water and irrigation, there isn’t enough water in its reservoirs to sell to rice farmers in three Texas counties. Conservationists say rice fields give birds like ducks and geese a place to eat and roost and have been an important substitute for natural coastal marsh habitats that have been degraded by human activity.


Image credit: Lower Colorado River Authority


About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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