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Water levels creep up some but make little difference in drought situation
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SWINNEY SWITCH – The Nueces River at the headwaters of Lake Corpus Christi has risen slightly, according to George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Hector Salinas.

“It’s come up a little,” Salinas said Tuesday afternoon. But water rises on the river often have little, if any, effect on the level of the lake.

Salinas said recent rains that fell on the watershed north of the Coastal Bend have not yet reached the part of the river where the BWSD’s raw water intake structure is located.

He said he has no idea how much that water will affect the lake. It is hard to predict how rains north of here will affect the lake because a lot of the water coming down the rivers is soaked up by dry river banks.

Recent rains have improved the situation at Lake Corpus Christi since the first of March.

On March 1, the elevation of the lake was at 77.50 feet. That was only 16.5 percent of the lake’s capacity.

The lake is considered full when the water level is at 94 feet above mean sea level.

Since then, the level has risen and fallen again, reaching its highest level on May 31. On that day, the lake was at 23.7 percent of capacity.

On Thursday, the level of Lake Corpus Christi was back down to 22.2 percent of capacity.

That put the combined lake levels, including that of the Choke Canyon Reservoir, at 35.2 percent.

That is a critical number as the normally dry summer months grip South Texas for the third year in a row.

Water use restrictions have been in effect in Corpus Christi and most other South Texas cities for months now.

Beeville has limited lawn and garden watering to evenings after 6 o’clock and mornings before 10 o’clock.

This time of year, evaporation levels are such during the middle of the day that most of the water put on the ground does little good.
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