Below are the pumping, water releases and evaporation for September 2016.
Evaporation for September 2016 = 7.36 inches.
Rainfall Recorded at the SRA Headquarters for September 2016 = 1.27 inches.
Water Releases for September 2016 by the SRA for Downstream Communities = 870.9 acre-feet or about 0.42 inches off the lake.
Water Pumped by Dallas for September 2016 = 480.6 acre-feet or about 0.233 inches off the lake.
Water Released by the SRA through the Tainter Flood Gates for September 2016 = 0.0.
So, the total water removed from the lake for September 2016 = About 8.01 inches or about 0.67 feet with most of that coming from evaporation.
2016 Totals through September:
Evaporation for 2016 = 60.66 inches or about 5.06 feet, which equals approximately 129,000 acre-feet (this is approximate because as the lake drops the surface area shrinks. Right now the lake is at 24,794 surface acres versus 27,690 surface acres at full pool).
Rainfall Recorded at the SRA Headquarters for 2016 = 37.75 inches or about 3.15 feet.
Water Released by the SRA to Downstream Communities for 2016 = 3,890.8 acre-feet, which equals about 1.88 inches off the lake. This equals about 1.27 billion gallons of water released to downstream communities that have rights to the water.
Water Pumped by Dallas for 2016 = 40,408.5 acre-feet or about 1.63 feet or about 19.56 inches taken off the lake by Dallas pumping. This equals about 13.2 billion gallons of water removed through pumping by Dallas so far in 2016.
Water Released Downstream by the SRA through the Tainter Flood Gates when the Lake was Overfull in 2016 = 290,064 acre-feet or about 10.48 feet or about 125.76 inches. This represents 94.5 billion gallons of water.
So, the total amount of water removed from the lake so far in 2016 is about 463,363 acre-feet or about 17.8 feet. About 63% of that was the downstream releases through the Tainter Flood Gates when the lake was overfull to prevent damage to the dam. About 28% has been due to evaporation. Less than 9% has left the lake so far in 2016 via pumping by Dallas.
Amazingly Dallas continues to pump very little water from Lake Fork. The total so far for the year of 40,408.5 acre-feet represents about 31% of the water that Dallas is entitled to pump from Lake Fork for the year yet we are now 75% of the way through the year, so it appears Dallas will not take nearly what they are entitled to pump in a year. So far Dallas has averaged pumping about 48 million gallons of water per day in 2016.
Best wishes and as usual pray/hope/dance for rain. Actually, today we received about 1.3 inches of rain, which was a pleasant surprise.
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