Lake levels remain above average
Thanks to a wet spring and summer, lakes Travis and Buchanan remain well above their average monthly elevations even after an exceptionally dry October. LCRA projections show lake levels will remain above average this winter, even if conditions are dry.
Inflows into the Highland Lakes in October were 32,204 acre-feet, about 27 percent of the October historical average. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.) Inflows are the amount of water flowing into the lakes estimated from measurements at four gauges upstream.
Overall, 2016 has been a wetter-than-normal year. The amount of water flowing into the Highland Lakes this year is already more than the lakes normally receive in an entire year. Through October, inflows into the Highland Lakes this year total more than 1.44 million acre-feet, more than the yearly average of about 1.22 million acre-feet.
The 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 water for more than a million people and to industries, businesses, the environment and agriculture in the lower Colorado River basin.