Highland Lakes http://kut.org en As Highland Lakes Near Record Low, Will They Ever Fill Again? http://kut.org/post/highland-lakes-near-record-low-will-they-ever-fill-again <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><em><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/06/11/as-highland-lakes-near-record-low-will-they-ever-fill-again/#more-37255">From StateImpact Texas</a>:</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The combined storage of the Highland Lakes is expected to approach its record low – 30 percent full – by the end of this summer. After that, forecasters say, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">El Niño</a>&nbsp;weather pattern could bring some relief. But how much rain would it take to get them full again?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The total volume of water in the Highland Lakes, the main reservoir for a million people in and around Austin, fell to its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/water-supply/drought-update/Documents/Fact-Sheet-Drought-by-the-Numbers.pdf" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">lowest level since 1952</a>&nbsp;(during Texas’ multi-year drought of record) in September 2013. Water flowing into the Highland Lakes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/water-supply/drought-update/Documents/Fact-Sheet-General-Drought-June-2013.pdf" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">hit record lows</a>&nbsp;– just&nbsp;ten percent the annual average — in 2011, Texas’ driest year on record.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Historically, low levels like the ones we’re seeing now have been corrected by massive rain events.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:22:06 +0000 Dylan Baddour 10578 at http://kut.org As Highland Lakes Near Record Low, Will They Ever Fill Again? A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water http://kut.org/post/tiny-bit-vegetable-oil-could-save-texas-billions-gallons-water <p>Parts of Central Texas saw as much as 12 inches of rain over the weekend. Water levels in the Highland Lakes &nbsp;rose slightly, but the storm was far from a drought-buster.</p><p>Lakes Travis and Buchanan remain only about one-third full.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Matt Largey 8918 at http://kut.org A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water Rainfall Didn't Make It to the Lakes http://kut.org/post/rainfall-didnt-make-it-lakes <p>Two days of storms that delivered about 3 inches of rain to Austin did little for the <a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/drought/index.html">levels of the lakes</a> that serve as Austin’s water supply. Lake Travis rose by less than a foot; Lake Buchanan was up slightly more than 2 inches.</p><p>Dan Yates with the <a href="http://www.lcra.org/">Lower Colorado River Authority</a> says it provided a very small bump.&nbsp;</p><p>“We need a good season of rainstorms like this that we saw yesterday and the day before... that would get us out of the trouble,” Yates said.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:25:12 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7230 at http://kut.org Rainfall Didn't Make It to the Lakes Lake Levels Up Slightly After Rainfall http://kut.org/post/lake-levels-slightly-after-rainfall <p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-burn-ban-lifted-0" target="_blank">Recent rainfall</a> is helping to fill the Highland Lakes—at least a little bit.</p><p>Parts of Central Texas received more than two inches of rain on Sunday. Combined with rainfall from earlier last week, rainfall totals for some areas topped nine inches.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/conditions/river_report.html" target="_blank">Lower Colorado River Authority</a> says the water level of Lake Travis is up a little over a foot. Lake Buchanan only saw a gain of a few hundredths of an inch.</p><p>"The location of the rain makes all the difference and, in this case, the vast majority of the rain fell over the Highland Lakes basin," LCRA river operations center supervisor Dan Yates says.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:28:23 +0000 Laura Rice 5092 at http://kut.org Lake Levels Up Slightly After Rainfall A Good Soaking Rain, But the Drought Isn't Over http://kut.org/post/good-soaking-rain-drought-isnt-over <p>Central Texans are all wrapped up for this cold and breezy day. We got some much-needed rain over the weekend and through early Monday morning. Most areas got between one and two inches - some places as many as three.</p><p>&ldquo;This rain did percolate into the topsoil which prior to this event had very, very little moisture in it,&quot; Bob Rose, Meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, said.&nbsp;&quot;This is good for our landscape, our trees, wildflowers next Spring. It did put some water into area ranchers&rsquo; stock ponds and things like that.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>But a good drenching does not &ldquo;an end to a drought make.&rdquo; Rose says the rain didn&rsquo;t do much to fill area aquifers or the Highland Lakes.</p><p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:26:42 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 3146 at http://kut.org A Good Soaking Rain, But the Drought Isn't Over