Highland Lakes at above-average levels for more than a year
With spring just around the corner, levels in lakes Travis and Buchanan in March continue to be above average for the 14th straight month.
LCRA projections for Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan show the lakes are expected to remain at above-average levels through spring, even if weather conditions turn drier.
In February, the Highland Lakes watershed received above-average amounts of rain. Inflows into the Highland Lakes in February were about 107 percent of the February historical average and totaled 88,489 acre-feet. Inflows are the amount of water flowing into the lakes estimated from measurements at four gauges upstream. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.)
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.
LCRA manages lakes Travis and Buchanan under the 2015 Water Management Plan. Under the plan, up to 202,000 acre-feet of interruptible stored water will be available for agriculture in the Gulf Coast, Lakeside and Pierce Ranch irrigation operations during the first half of the growing season, from mid-March to late summer. This water will be used only as needed; the actual amount used will depend on weather and farm conditions. Water availability for the second half of the growing season, from late summer to mid-October, will be determined after July 1.