On June 25, 2014 at 05:58PM, at Suwannee River Water Management District published the following article:
LIVE OAK, FL, June 25, 2014 – This June marks two years of improving hydrologic conditions beginning with Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012 and helped by continuing above-average rainfall.
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CONTACT: Abby Johnson Office of Communications
Suwannee River Water Management District
386.362.1001 or 800.226.1066 (FL)
rain which is about 25% higher than average,” said Megan Wetherington, PE, District
Senior Professional Engineer. “This has been the wettest winter and spring since 1998.
District-wide, May was the 5th straight month of above average rainfall this year.” In the two years after the end of the drought, parts of Lafayette, Suwannee and Taylor
counties received nearly an extra year’s rainfall.
Throughout much of the District increased rain meant increased river levels and
flooding. For example, until late this month Suwannee River levels were high enough to
slow or block the flow from surrounding springs. While still above normal, river levels
have been steadily dropping, allowing a number of springs to return to clear conditions.
Aquifer levels have also increased with the increased rainfall, and levels were generally
at their highest since 2005 when levels peaked after two hurricanes and a wet winter.
Rising aquifer levels mean improved spring flow as the groundwater makes its way to
the now-flowing springs.
SRWMD partners with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for flow
measurements at numerous locations. USGS reported that on May 2, the measured
flow at the Alapaha Rise was 790 million gallons per day (MGD). This was the highest
measurement since record-keeping began there in 1975. First magnitude Madison Blue
Springs’ flow was measured at 188 MGD, the second highest flow recorded there. Poe
Springs was measured at 36 MGD, about 20% higher than its long-term average. These
Bathtub Springs on the Suwannee River rates of flow are good indications for the rest of the springs District-wide, where high
flows are expected throughout the summer.
For additional information on hydrologic conditions contact SRWMD at 386.362.1001 or