Guadalupe Basin Coalition Urges South & Central Texas To Conserve Water Now For What Could Be Extreme Conditions If Drought Continues Through 2014
The Guadalupe Basin Coalition (GBC) has unanimously endorsed a resolution urging regional water providers and users to conserve water to the maximum extent possible to stretch the available supply should the drought continue into 2014 as predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC).
GBC members recently met to discuss the current conditions across the Guadalupe River Basin and the Edwards Aquifer, whose springs are the primary source of water for the river during droughts. Despite welcomed recent rainfall, the Guadalupe River and Edwards Aquifer remain far below normal for this time of year. The Edwards Aquifer J-17 index well in San Antonio is now over 25 feet below the historical average for September. The Guadalupe River at Victoria has risen with the recent rainfall to 400 cubic feet per second of flow (CFS), however it is still only 20% of the historical mean flow. Fortunately, heavier localized rainfall has reduced the salinity of San Antonio Bay, meaning that most of the drought impacts are being felt upstream in the watershed.
The drought began in fall 2010 and has persisted in the western half of Texas. The impacts of the drought are well documented and range from depleted aquifers and surface water reservoirs to agricultural losses, urban water rationing and dry riverbeds.
The GBC will reconvene in late November to reevaluate hydrologic conditions in the region. Late November is typically the end of the fall peak in rainfall and conditions at that time are likely to be the conditions facing South Central Texas at the beginning of spring when the next period of rainfall typically begins.
About Guadalupe Basin Coalition
Guadalupe Basin Coalition is a voluntary association of businesses, chambers of commerce, lake associations and governmental entities in counties along the Guadalupe River Basin (including all of its tributaries and springs) that are bonded by a common concern for the economic and environmental sustainability of the Guadalupe River Basin and San Antonio Bay. The Guadalupe Basin Coalition’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality and quantity of the waters of the Guadalupe River Basin from the headwaters to San Antonio Bay. For more information, visit www.guadalupebasincoalition.org.
SOURCE: Guadalupe Basin Coalition