LCRA: Lake Travis has gained 3.5 feet since mid-March

Posted by Grossman & Jones Group on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 12:50pm.

Due to a series of rain events over the last month, Lake Travis has risen 3.5 feet since March 16, according to information from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

"As we get more frequent rain, the ground stays wetter between events, and more rain runs off into the Highland Lakes," said Clara Tuma, LCRA public information officer.

The lake is now about 673.4 feet above mean sea level, or msl, or about 88% full, which is about 4 feet above its historical April average, Tuma said.

"Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan, the two water supply reservoirs in the Highland Lakes, were designed to fluctuate—falling during drier times and rising during wetter times—and that’s exactly how the lakes are functioning now," she said. "Water will continue to be released from the lake to meet the water supply needs for customers downstream of Lake Travis, including the city of Austin, and to meet the environmental needs for the health of Colorado River and Matagorda Bay."

Projections from the LCRA show that in the short term, Lake Travis is projected to rise to 673.5 feet above msl over the next several days.

However, though data projections show elevations will hit 100% capacity, or 681 feet msl, at the beginning of June, further into 2020, LCRA projections show the lake losing ground.

Should wet conditions persist, data show levels falling to around 671 feet msl, but extreme dry conditions could take the level all the way down to below 650 feet msl.

 

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