Lake Travis/Mansfield Dam lake level is now at 703’. That’s the 5th highest since the dam was completed in 1941. That’s with 4 flood gates open (out of 22!)! If it gets up to 710’ (highest ever), they will open another 4. 6 is the most they’ve ever had open since dam completion.
The lake has risen 36’ in 3 days! They are currently releasing through the 4 flood gates 187,000 gal/sec (25,000 cu ft/sec), which will be DOUBLED, if they have to open the other 4 gates! That’s fairly well mind boggling.
Tomorrow, there are possible 4-5” isolated totals MORE rain in the Hill Country. All that will run off to wind up in Lake Travis, due to saturated soil conditions. #dam#atx#austintexas#traviscounty
It’s been almost two weeks since we’ve been to the block, which is the longest break we’ve given ourselves since we bought it 7 months ago. Last time we were there we noticed lots of new seedlings had come up from the direct seeding we had done over winter through Rohan’s work at Trees for Life. With the recent rains this past fortnight, we’ve been paying special attention to the radar in the hope that it’s reached the 14 or so acres of seeding and made a small contribution to the dam. Looking forward to getting down there tomorrow to see how things are travelling #directseeding#treesforlife#drywinter#seedlings#conservation#landmanagement#revegetation#eucalyptus#babytrees#dam#offgrid