I believe it had an equipment malfunction and so data were missing for a few days.
Lake Athens shows 440.69 today.
It is a remarkably stable lake. This past May with the very wet month, I recall looking at the stats and it never got to or much above 442'. And, it rarely gets down to 435', and it seems to fill up to conservation level very rapidly.
I "buy" the sponge effect, unless that is, someone thinks after the week of rain we had last week . . . that it somehow didn't fully saturate the soil all around the lake at all elevations. The sponge effect certainly wouldn't be a factor now related to wicking water out of the lake.
And, it is moot: as Nutman has said, the lake is high, not low.
Lake Athens has some water sourced to it owing to it being in the Neches River Basin, but it is the highest lake in that grouping. And, it has a decently large watershed for its size, and finally, it has some water provided to it by ground springs.
At 1799 acres, as long as the lake doesn't begin selling water to D/FW (too small for that anyway by the way), it should stay in pretty good shape.
It certainly came through the recent years of drought about as good as any lake in the area. It normally has 40" of rain out and around Athens, so 40" falls directly into the lake, then approx. 50" in a year is lost to evaporation, so it only has to make up 10" plus what is drained from the lake for local water. And, that is easily managed by the watershed and the springs.
Edited by Brad R (11/02/15 08:37 AM)