Thursday, August 11, 2016

Evaporation Toll

It's been toasty lately with a string of days over 100 degrees.  Weather forecasters call for the oppressive heat to break this weekend and for rain chances to increase. 

I'm praying for God to bless us with healing rains and am grateful that the South Pool continues sending water to the North via the Equalization Channel. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

North Pool Drops

Twin Buttes North Pool is down a half foot this past week.  The South Pool remains high enough for water to flow through the Equalization Channel, a rarity this late in July.  The picture below was taken July 5th.  Current flow is less than pictured below but still remarkably healthy.

For the first time in weeks our area has a reasonable chance of rain.  I pray that God blesses us with healing rains.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fireworks Trash Returns to Twin Buttes

After last year's reprieve fireworks trash returned to the city maintained park at Twin Buttes Reservoir's North Pool.  The park was formerly known as Marina Park, but the marina and camper hookups are long gone.

The trash came back at levels much less than two years ago.

Most of the trash is near a receptacle, but some is by the water.

Should the lake keep rising shoreline trash could become a water hazard.

Overall Twin Buttes avoided its historical 4th of July trash explosion.  Hopefully,  city crews will have the trash cleaned up in the next week or two. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bad Omen: Fireworks OK Outside City Limits

The Standard Times reported:

Thanks to recent rains, Tom Green County officials decided to keep the burn ban lifted for the Fourth of July weekend. As a result, residents will be able to set off fireworks outside the city limits and on private property.
To date the City has been silent on fireworks at Twin Buttes Reservoir.   Last year they told the public not to come to the Marina park and had a police cruiser at the turn off the Mertzon highway inspecting vehicles for banned fireworks. 

The Bureau of Reclamation, which owns Twin Buttes Reservoir, does not allow fireworks period.  With the paper steering citizens outside city limits Twin Buttes may once again be abused.  I'm sure the park and lake appreciated the break from its annual trashing.

I'm hopeful the city will take action to prevent the widespread trashing of one natural resource.  Their silence to date has me concerned.  Look for a report here on the status of fireworks trash at Twin Buttes. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Local Lakes Rise from Rains

Twin Buttes Reservoir is up a half foot since yesterday.  Normally by now the Equalization Channel is dry.  It's running like April.

O.C. Fischer is up nearly the same amount (.4 feet) and Lake Nasworthy rose .43 feet.  Here's the volume of water each body of water added:

Twin Buttes North Pool - 750 acre feet
O.C. Fischer - 550 acre feet
Lake Nasworthy - 525 acre feet 
That increases our local water supply by at least a month.  Each rise is a blessing.

Update 6-29-16:  Lake Ivie rose 1,200 acre feet.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Twin Buttes Steady Riser

This morning's storms are over Twin Buttes watershed and any runoff should help the South Concho River. which feeds the South Pool.  Currently water is flowing from the South Pool to the North Pool through the Equalization Channel. 

Since December 2015 Twin Buttes North Pool is up seven feet to nearly 21,000 acre feet.  That's an increase of over 8,000 acre feet from six months ago.  These numbers do not include the South Pool which has another 6,000 acre feet of water.  We are blessed with each and every increase.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ivie Up 65,500 Acre Feet

In late April Lake O.H. Ivie held roughly 66,900 acre feet of water.  As of today Ivie's volume is 132,400 acre feet.  Ivie nearly doubled in seven weeks.  That blessing is good news for San Angelo water users and those of who recreate on area lakes.

Update 6-10-16:  Ivie is at 133,600 acre feet.   It's a hair away from a 100% increase.

Update 6-12-16:  Ivie is at 133,900 acre feet.  It's more than DOUBLED!