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Drought makes popular spring on Comal River no longer visible

Drought makes popular spring on Comal River no longer visible
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POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 11:44am

Visitors enjoy a plunge into the Comal River in New Braunfels, but things aren't as rosy as they may appear because of Texas' lingering drought.

One of the most popular springs that feed the Comal River is no longer visible, providing a harbinger of things to come if the state's drought doesn't ease up, according to an official at the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

Spring No. 1 normally bubbles up at the edge of Landa Park just below Panther Canyon in New Braunfels, providing a Kodak moment for visitors to the Comal River system.

"Yesterday (Tuesday) it was running at 124 cubic feet per second, which is about half of what it should be, so it's diminished," said Geary Schindel, director and chief technical officer at the Edwards Aquifer Authority. At this time of year, it should be discharging 269 cubic feet per second.
 

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