Monday, December 21, 2009

Lovelady water levels reach "non drought" threshold

The depth to water in the Lovelady Well is 174.95 ft as of 2pm today, above its Alarm Drought threshold of175.0 ft. Both drought indicators, Barton Sprinsg and now Lovelady, are above their respective drought thresholds.

Friday, December 18, 2009

District declares "No Drought" status

At the Board meeting on December 17 the Board unanimously declared an end to the drought of 2008-2009 by authorizing a No Drought condition, effective immediately.

Barton Springs has been above its drought triggers for several months and the Lovelady well has been slowly rising and will reach its No Drought threshold in a matter of days.

Monday, December 14, 2009

On the verge of non-drought conditions.

The Lovelady depth to water today is about 176.71 ft. The level is rising about 0.3 ft/day. Given that rate of rise, the water level should cross it's drought threashold of 175.0 feet by December 19th or so. Barton Springs discharge is reported to be 61 cfs, but a USGS field measurement a few days ago was 73 cfs.

A word of caution, although we are most likely to be out of drought conditions soon, we haven't had a rainfall event to sustain creekflow. We might be back into drought next summer without more significant rains. For example, Onion creek currently is not flowing across the entire recharge zone. However, conditions are good for that to occur if we get some significant rainfall this winter.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Drought Update

Drought Status: Alarm
Barton Springs: 60 cfs 10-day average
Lovelady: 180.0 ft (depth to water)

Based on the rate of rising water levels at the Lovelady well, it should cross into non-drought status by mid to late December.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Drought Update--aquifer approaching Non-Drought Conditions

Current Status: Alarm Stage (perhaps not for long!)
Barton Springs: 60 cfs
Lovelady: 180.3 ft (depth to water) and rising

Barton Springs is above its Alarm Stage threshold of 38 cfs, and the Lovelady well is on track to rise above its Alarm threshold of 175 ft (depth to water) by about 19th of December. Both drought triggers need to be above their respective thresholds for the Board to declare Non-Drought conditions.