Medina lake levels continue dropping

Only 7 percent of entire lake remains

Residents and business owners in the Medina Lake area are not only asking for prayers for rain, they are asking for specific prayers.

Carol Smith, executive director of the Medina Lake Preservation Society, said all local churches are praying daily for rain.

“We tell people, ‘If you’re going to pray for rain, be specific,'” Smith said. “It needs to land in either the city of Bandera or Medina.”

Smith said that the lake level is between 20 and 30 feet above the dam’s water release gates.

“If we lose another 20 to 30 feet of water, no water will be released from the dam,” she said.

Smith said that was the situation during the devastating drought of the 1950s.

According to her, the lake is losing from three-quarters to one foot of water every 10 to 12 days.

Though many water-related businesses have been forced to close due to dropping lake levels, she was quick to note that the Medina Lake area is not dead.

“We have businesses such as art galleries,” she said. “And we have several restaurants and beautiful scenery to enjoy.”

Aside from needed rain, Smith said conservation can also be a factor in keeping the lake alive.

“The people of San Antonio -- everybody on the Texas Hill Country -- should be very aware of water conservation during this time,” Smith said.


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