Lake levels to remain above average
Lakes Travis and Buchanan remain well above their average monthly elevations, thanks to a wetter-than-average year in the Texas Hill Country. LCRA projections show lake levels will remain above average this fall, even if conditions turn exceptionally dry.
The amount of water that has flowed into the Highland Lakes this year is already more than what the lakes normally receive in an entire year. In fact, 2016 inflows through September are more than the combined total inflows from 2011-2014, when the region endured a record-setting drought. Inflows are the amount of water flowing into the lakes estimated from measurements at four gauges upstream.
Inflows into the Highland Lakes in September were 54,031 acre-feet, about 54 percent of the September historical average. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.)
Through September, inflows into the Highland Lakes this year total more than 1.4 million acre-feet, more than the yearly average of about 1.22 million acre-feet.
Highland Lakes were created to
manage floods and capture water when it rains to ensure the region has a reliable
water supply during dry times. Lakes Travis and Buchanan provide drinking water for more than a million people and water to industries, businesses, the environment and agriculture in the lower Colorado River basin.