Lake Arlington levels from a USGS historical perspective

UPDATE Here is a link to the current state of Lake Arlington’s lake level.

Screen shot 2015-05-15 at 10.07.09 AM Screen shot 2015-05-15 at 10.07.25 AM

Two years ago I made this video where Google Earth uncovered pipes removing water from Lake Arlington and going to a frack site….during a drought.

As of today, June 21, 2014 our current Lake Arlington level is at 548 feet which is 14 feet higher than its lowest low back in 1971.*

Lake Arlington water gets pumped in from other sources and so we can somewhat control the levels as long as our sources aren’t having water level issues. What we “should” be watching is who is fracking by our surface sources because surface spills can and have happened. In fact a Ft Worth drill site spilled into Lake Arlington back in July of 2010.

And then there is the fact that we actually store fuel in UNDERGROUND tanks ON our water treatment plants that could leak.

We should also be watching if fracking could be risking the ground water acquifers that recharge our surface water sources….aahh now you get the fracking risk to our drinking water?

Next we should wonder if we should be screening for more types of pollution that drilling could be having on our ground and surface waters. The EPA may be trying to do this with the UCMR3 program, but some cities that didn’t start right away might not report back as late at the end of 2015.  And how long have we been fracking?  Still Formaldehyde is not on the radar? This turns my stomach since it was detected in the air at Lake Arlington above the Houston Shipyard Channel levels.

Currently most municipalities have been status quo with what the state mandates them to test for regardless of our pre and post urban drilling activity…..ouch.


*USGS on Low Water Records for North Texas Lakes at Lake Arlington as of May 2015…

(1) 534.29 ft on 10/16/1971 the lowest so far
(2) 536.51 ft on 01/08/1998
(3) 538.09 ft on 09/07/1980
(4) 538.29 ft on 09/13/1985
(5) 538.47 ft on 10/07/1997
(6) 538.72 ft on 01/11/1990
(7) 538.79 ft on 10/20/1972
(8) 538.79 ft on 09/02/1988
(9) 538.98 ft on 10/10/2000
(10) 539.09 ft on 01/21/1973
(11) 539.17 ft on 12/31/1989
(12) 539.37 ft on 10/22/1987
(13) 539.42 ft on 09/12/1993
(14) 539.51 ft on 09/19/1978
(15) 539.76 ft on 10/08/2011
(16) 539.95 ft on 10/02/1977
(17) 540.10 ft on 09/25/1984
(18) 540.50 ft on 08/26/2006
(19) 540.67 ft on 12/16/1995
(20) 540.88 ft on 10/21/1986
(21) 540.93 ft on 10/16/1999
(22) 541.06 ft on 01/17/1996
(23) 541.30 ft on 12/20/2012
(24) 541.62 ft on 10/05/1994
(25) 541.63 ft on 12/01/1975
(26) 541.71 ft on 12/31/1983
(27) 541.73 ft on 09/23/1982
(28) 541.98 ft on 10/25/1991
(29) 542.25 ft on 12/31/1976
(30) 542.34 ft on 08/25/1974
(31) 542.38 ft on 11/25/1979
(32) 543.24 ft on 12/30/1970
(33) 543.39 ft on 08/16/1981
(34) 543.57 ft on 10/28/1992
(35) 543.76 ft on 08/16/2001
(36) 543.92 ft on 10/26/1969
(37) 544.78 ft on 08/08/2003
(38) 545.15 ft on 10/05/2002
(39) 545.92 ft on 01/07/2004

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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2 Responses to Lake Arlington levels from a USGS historical perspective

  1. Rex says:

    What are the levels, now? Over pool…. Like many things, water levels are cyclical in nature.

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