Drought Status: Stage III Critical
Barton Springs: 19 cfs (10-day average)*
Recent rains have helped to bring springflow and water levels upward a little bit (see chart below). However, without sustained recharge from flowing creeks, we will soon be back into a declining trend. Onion Creek near Driftwood, for example is only flowing about 2 cfs--not enough to provide recharge to the aquifer.
The U.S. Seasonal Outlook through December is for the drought to persist. Tropical or Hurricane systems will likely be the best potential for rainfall, although those bring their own problems.