San Antonio Pool
The J-17 Well elevation has dropped slightly and now sits just below the average elevation, but still above the Stage 1 trigger (see chart).
The pool was in a critical management period most of 2015. Heavy rain and flooding in the spring provided a two-month respite from all pumping restrictions. But Stage 1 restrictions were imposed at the end of June. In mid-August, EAA announced a return to Stage 2 restrictions, which require all permit holders in the pool to reduce their annual authorized pumping by 30%. Does the slight drop over the last month portend a pattern of decline, or will the spring bring rains that increase the level back toward the historical average?
The J-27 Well continues its climb toward the historical average (see chart). Heavy rains and flooding last spring marked the beginning of a turnaround that brought the pool from Stage 5 restrictions at the beginning of last year to the eventual lifting of all pumping restrictions. Prior to EAA lifting all pumping restrictions in early August, the Uvalde Pool had been under some level of restriction since March 2013.
With the historical trend suggesting a slight increase in elevation over the fall and winter months, will the J-27 Well elevation meet its historical average this winter?