Thursday, June 27, 2013

Barton Springs Close to its Stage III Drought Threshold

Stage III Critical Drought
Barton Springs: 22.1 cfs (10-day average)
Lovelady monitor well: 460.4 ft-msl

District staff measured flow at Barton Springs today to be 18 cfs making the 10-day average flow 22.1 cfs.
Barton Springs flow is steadily dropping from the spike in discharge caused by the big rains at the end of May. Due to sporadic rain and Barton Springs' quick response to precipitation, discharge at the springs has not dropped below its Stage III drought threshold of 20 cfs 10-day average. Unless it rains soon, it is likely that flow will drop below the 20 cfs mark in the coming week or two.

Stage III drought declaration was made on April 17, 2013 after the water level elevation in Lovelady monitor well, the District's other drought trigger, dropped below 462.7 ft-msl.

The US Drought Monitor rates the drought in central Texas as "severe to extreme."

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