Residents in and around Collin County are being treated to a sight they haven’t seen in years. Lake Lavon is so full, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the lake to reduce flood risks.
There has been a good amount of rain in North Texas so far this spring. And while that might have caused some headaches for some people, things are looking good for anyone who is planning a trip to area lakes.
A lot of North Texans know the drill, harsh water restrictions, that for some, only allow outdoor watering twice a month. But a massive project at one of the hardest hit lakes in the region could at least help some.
The water levels at Lake Lavon, Collin County’s largest water source, are low at nearly 12 feet below normal. Residents and businesses in the area welcomed the rain.
The water source for Collin County is 5 feet away from the threshold where the North Texas Municipal Water District will initiate Stage 4 water restrictions.
Plentiful rainfall this past week improved conditions across Texas, although 69 percent of the state remained in some drought stage. Just less than 5 percent of the state was in the driest category on the map, down from about 6.6 percent a week ago.
The new $310 million Lake Texoma pipeline is finally online. When fully operational it will provide 28 percent of the water in the North Texas Municipal Water District.
The North Texas Municipal Water District has turned on the tap to a massive source of water for more than 1.5 million North Texans.
Homeowners in the North Texas Municipal Water District face another long, even drier summer. Water district officials want to extend the current once-every-two-weeks restrictions through Halloween.
State officials fighting the spread of invasive zebra mussels have expanded the territory where boaters are required to drain all watercraft before and after entering lakes and streams.
Lake Lavon has now become the latest major body of water in North Texas where the presence of zebra mussels has been confirmed according to testing by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Governor Rick Perry brought his campaign for a statewide water plan to North Texas.