Lakes

by | May 7, 2015 | Uncategorized

By Wyndi Veigel

News Editor

[email protected]

 

Everywhere citizens look lately water is the topic of discussion. After significant rains have given lakes a break from years of drought, many have been pushed to above conservation levels.

For Lake Lavon, conservation level, 492 feet mean sea level (msl,) was reached April 25. Accumulated rains made the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers make the decision to open the floodgates on the dam, a sight for many since it hadn’t occurred since April 2012.

Denise Hickey of the North Texas Municipal Water District said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the levels of all the USACE owned and operated reservoirs based on long standing flood mitigation procedures.

Last week, residents saw USACE releasing 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Jim Chapman Lake and 1,100 cfs at Lavon Lake in accordance with their water control plans for the first time in years. NTMWD reports that releases cease when the level returns to the normal conservation pool.

Most reservoirs across North Texas are showing to be at least at 70 percent capacity with several, such as Lake Lavon, being at 100 percent capacity.

When water is released from Lake Lavon, it flows into Lake Ray Hubbard to help fill that lake. Currently, Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall is about 3 feet below conservation level.

Meteorologists have said that spring will continue to be a wet one and that summer may also hold hope for easing the drought. Summer forecast also holds hope for North Texas as fewer days with 90s and 100-degree temperatures are anticipated.

Releasing water from Lake Lavon isn’t the only H20-minded topic though. NTMWD has recently relaxed watering restrictions. The Stage 3 seasonal restrictions that have limited watering to twice a month since 2013 are being lifted, and watering with automatic sprinkler system may occur up to twice a week, if necessary.

Most lawns and landscaping do not require constant watering. To promote deep root growth, lawns in the area need only be watered about an inch a week. Depending on the size of the lawn, usually only one soaking a week is necessary.

A reliable method of determining when and how much to water can be obtained by visiting www.watermyyard.org and entering some basic information. The Water My Yard program provides users with information useful in determining watering requirements. Water conservation is still necessary, though. Repairing and readjusting sprinkler heads, fixing leaky faucets and ensuring compliance with schedules, are all still very much a priority, since wasted water cannot be recovered.

 

 

 

0 Comments

Related News

Fall events on tap

Fall events on tap

It’s that time of year when fall and Halloween events fill up the calendar, and many are back after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic. Saturday, Oct. 23, cyclists from all over the Metroplex will converge on Farmersville as they hit the Chapparral Trail for 20,...

read more
Gussie Nell Davis celebration Oct. 8-9

Gussie Nell Davis celebration Oct. 8-9

One day in 1940, Gussie Nell Davis got a call from Kilgore College in East Texas to form a group that would perform at halftime of college football games. She took the job and founded the Kilgore Rangerettes, an organization that has become part of Texas small-town...

read more
Farmersville wins season opener against Bonham

Farmersville wins season opener against Bonham

Volleyball action returned yesterday to Farmersville, as the Lady Farmers opened the season at home against Bonham. Farmersville was able to capture the first win of the year, sweeping the Lady Warriors 25-9, 25-19, 25-15. Thoughts from Coach Harold Davis “I’m very...

read more
Governor lifts mask mandate

Governor lifts mask mandate

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100%. “With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools...

read more
Farmersville Soccer Preview

Farmersville Soccer Preview

This week marks a big transition for the Farmersville soccer teams, as they close out their pre-district schedule and they prepare to fight for a playoff spot. Here are the games for Farmersville soccer this week: Thursday, Jan. 21-Saturday, Jan. 23: Farmersville...

read more
Adopt an Angel this Christmas

Adopt an Angel this Christmas

Farmersville residents can make the holidays a little brighter for less fortunate children by adopting a Christmas Angel and filling their wish list. Eighty angels out of the 300 who signed up, remain available for adoption.  This year, the initial amount of...

read more
Local nonprofit scores funds

Local nonprofit scores funds

Shutt’er Down Ranch, a 33- acre animal refuge in Farm­ersville, wants to establish a mobile veterinary clinic, ac­cording to the ranch’s execu­tive director, Kevin Becker. The refuge has taken a major step toward realizing that goal thanks to a $21,000 donation from a...

read more
Primary voting begins Tuesday

Primary voting begins Tuesday

Voters head to the polls Tuesday, March 3, to cast their ballots in the Republican and Democratic presidential pri­mary elections. Ballots for each party prima­ry also include races to deter­mine nominees for U.S. Sen­ate, U.S. Representative seats, statewide offices...

read more