Thursday, July 11, 2013

10-day Average at Barton Springs below Stage III Threshold

Stage III Critical Drought
Barton Springs: 18.2 cfs (10-day average)
Lovelady monitor well: 459.9 ft-msl

District staff measured flow of 17.5 cfs at Barton Springs today, putting the 10-day average below the Stage III Critical drought threshold for the first time since Stage III drought was declared on April 17, 2013. This stage of drought declaration was based on the water level in the Lovelady monitor well having dropped below its Stage III threshold. Lovelady water level does not respond to small rain events as dramatically as the discharge at Barton Springs does. June was a very dry month bringing the total rainfall deficit since Novemeber to 9 inches below average.