Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

November 16, 2011

Lake Conroe Photos (11-13-11)

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Why is the City of Houston able to use water from Lake Conroe?

Is the San Jacinto River Authority selling water to them?

The SJRA is not selling water from Lake Conroe to the City of Houston and receives no economic benefit from the release. Lake Conroe was built as a joint venture between the City of Houston and the SJRA, with the City owning two-thirds of the water rights in the reservoir, and the SJRA owning the other one-third. The City of Houston is legally entitled to use the water that they own in Lake Conroe. As spelled out in the joint venture agreement, the SJRA is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the reservoir, so when the City wishes to use its water, it notifies the SJRA to release the specified amount, which then flows down the San Jacinto River to Lake Houston.

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Water Level
193.10 FEET
Sunday, November 13, 2011
   9:15:00 AM
Level is 7.90 feet
below full pool of 201.00

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How much water will the City of Houston use each day?

What will it do to the level of Lake Conroe?
The City has currently ordered the release of 165 million gallons of water per day, which is estimated to be approximately half an inch per day of lake level. The releases will likely continue until the current drought conditions begin to abate. If significant rainfall occurs in the Lake Houston watershed, the City would likely reduce the amount of the release. The release was originally estimated to result in a drop in lake level of about 3 to 3 ½ inches per week, and normal evaporation was expected to add another 2 to 3 inches per week to that amount. 

Total drop in lake level could average nearly two feet per month.

October 2, 2011

big bass biting on Toledo Bend

This was one of many big bass caught while fishing with some friends.

The largest was around eight pounds.

They caught several in the five to six pound range.

Toledo Bend is about 12 feet low.

It is difficult to find a boat ramp that is usable.

September 27, 2011

Sam Rayburn lake level continues to decline.

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The above photos are looking South at Angelina River on Hwy 103

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And these photos are looking North at the Angelina River and Hwy 103

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