Apr 15, 2013

Not out of "dry season" woods yet

Swamp is still on the dry side,

Despite the recent rains.

This hydrograph shows current water stage in the swamp relative to the 20-year historic record and major  habitat types. Current stage is in the red zone.  That means the water table has dropped below ground surface of the pond apple and marsh communities, or in other words, less than two percent of the swamp is holding water.  Do you see the dotted white line?  That's the long term median.  Current stage is tracking about a 5-6 inches below normal, i.e. median, for mid April.  Do we have enough water to bridge to the start of the wet season, or could more wildfires return in the weeks ahead?  Only time will tell.

Preserve wide, the water table has lost half of their post-rain rise.

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