I was in the neighborhood taking video of our house we are selling and I brought our company drone with just to take some aerial shots of the neighborhood. I thought I would share just so everyone can see what it looks like from above.
The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s General Manager has declared a No-Drought condition for the aquifers within the District, effective immediately. The declaration comes after a wet September that saturated soils, then record-setting rainfall in October that caused runoff to area creeks which swelled beyond their banks allowing substantial recharge to the aquifer. One of the area’s two groundwater drought indicators, the water level in the Lovelady Monitor Well, has been rising steadily since the storms in mid- and late-October. On Sunday, November 17, the water level in the Lovelady Well crossed above the District’s drought threshold, a rise of over 19 feet in about a month. The other drought indicator, sustained flow rate at Barton Springs, moved above its threshold after the precipitation events in mid-October and has remained there. Both indicators need to be above their designated thresholds – and currently are – to emerge from drought.
The District declared a groundwater drought and has been enforcing mandatory water-use restrictions since November 15, 2012, just over a year ago. While the aquifer has received substantial recharge and has passed into No-Drought status, it is still below average water storage capacity. “The water level at the Lovelady well is still 22 feet below average, but the rapid recharge caused by the recent storms has greatly improved groundwater conditions around the District,” said Robin Gary, Public Information Coordinator. Groundwater users are encouraged to maintain conservation practices, but mandatory water use restrictions are lifted.
Brian Smith, Aquifer Science Team Leader, stated that, “These exceptional rain events in October fell over parts of the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zone, but the western parts of the contributing zone received only moderate amounts of rain, so we are not likely to see flow continuing in the creeks for an extended period of time. Without significant rain this fall and winter the aquifer could return to drought status by late winter or spring.”
The District’s General Manager, John Dupnik, offered this reminder stating that, “Despite the exceedingly wet conditions this fall, it is important that groundwater users not forget about the preceding summer months during which severe to extreme meteorological drought gripped the area, and as a consequence, caused water levels in the aquifer to plummet to close to Stage IV Exceptional Drought conditions.” Even in No-Drought status, end users are encouraged to continue to conserve. Conserving water can prolong the time spent out of groundwater drought and protect water levels and springflow at Barton Springs.
• Aquifer Data (links to real-time drought trigger measurements): www.bseacd.org/aquifer-
• Aquifer Status: www.bseacd.org/aquifer-
• Drought Monitor Blog: droughtmonitor.blogspot.com/
• Aquifer Bulletin newsletter (with full aquifer rain response article): www.bseacd.org/publications/
• Press Release Archives: www.bseacd.org/publications/
BSEACD is a groundwater conservation district charged by the Texas Legislature to preserve, conserve, and protect the aquifers and groundwater resources within its jurisdiction, which includes parts of three Central Texas counties. It is governed by a Board of five elected directors and staffed with hydrogeologists, groundwater regulatory compliance specialists, environmental educators, geospatial systems specialists, and administrative support personnel.
If you have any questions or concerns about what is going on in the neighborhood come to the meeting tonight!
The next board meeting is October 17, 7:00 pm . It will be held at 3303 Silkgrass Bend. Please feel free to come and listen or voice your concerns.
She has been missing since around 3PM Tuesday, April 30. She is a brown and black tabby and is quite shy – she is unlikely to come to any strangers but will come to me or my housemate. If anyone sees her, please have them call Leslie Lowdermilk at 360.601.7621. A reward is being offered for anyone who has information leading to her rescue.
Spring time is a great time in Cherry Creek. We have many upcoming events like the Easter Egg Hunt and the annual meeting. Check out the list below of upcoming events.
Mark your Calendars for the following events.
- Easter Egg Hunt March 30th front park 9am
- Annual meeting/Spring Fling (back park) Sat April 13th 11am incs lunch.
- Annual Garage Sales April 20th?
- 1st – 9600 Kangaroo
- 2nd – 3311 Silk Oak Drive
- 3rd – 9316 Silk Oak Cove
- Best Front Door – 3208 Grasshopper
- Best Nativity – 3201 Grasshopper
- Best Use of Color – 3202 Grasshopper
- Children’s Favorite – 9332 Lightwood Loop (hands down)
- 9319 Lightwood Loop (close second for best nativity)
- 3309 Silkgrass Bend (best color)
- 3306 Silkgrass Bend (best front door)
- 3325 Silk Oak Drive
- 3304 Silkgrass Bend
- 9605 Tea Rose Trail
- 9408 Tea Rose Trail
- 3212 Silk Oak Trail
- 9602 Tea Rose Trail
- 9404 Lightwood Loop
In an effort to get to know our neighbors and the community around us. Cherry Creek on Brodie Neighborhood Association is sponsoring National Night Out this year in the back park. Tuesday, October 2nd, between 5:30-7:30pm, come and mingle in the back park. Bring the kids for hotdogs, and fun in the park. The Neighborhood Association will be providing food and drink, and some music for atmosphere. All you need to do is show up.
National Night Out 2012 details
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
~In the back park~
This is your chance to break out of your normal routine and meet those neighbors you’ve been meaning to introduce yourself to. Just bring a chair and a yummy dish or desert. The better we know each other, the better we can look out for each other and discourage crime in our neighborhood.
The Newsletters are no longer available from Peel inc. due to lack of advertising support, so this website will be your neighborhood information site. Go to the site for President’s corner, events, neighborhood news, help articles, deed restrictions, by-laws, classified ads, business directory, yard of the month & landscaping, news that effects the neighborhood, and more.
Halloween Decorating Contest! Check back here on the website next week for more information about dates and procedures for voting.