Lately the weather has taken up everyone's thoughts - the drought, the rain we've managed to get lately, the amount of rain we still need (somewhere around 22 inches), the changes in humidity, etc. So the following is a picture that I took last weekend (again at Brazos Bend State Park) of Creekfield Lake. I had heard from one of the volunteers that the park had begun pumping water into it again (as opposed to what I was told - their original plan of letting nature take its course), and then the next day they received several inches of rainfall. Personally, I'm torn as to whether pumping was good or not - almost seemed too late, the lake had dwindled to only the gator hole remaining, with probably no fish, very few water birds, etc... a real disruption in the ecosystem. However when we get rain, everything will eventually return - the natural cycle & one that people could come & watch. With the artificial pumping they are maintaining a certain water level - which is good - but I hope they continue to pump so the ecosystem doesn't take another "hit" & can remain sustaining for all the wildlife that is dependent upon that small lake/marsh area. Here's a picture of Creekfield Lake after the pumping, but before the rain.
|Creekfield Lake @ Brazos Bend State Park, Texas|
I'm really happy to see the water in the lake, but hope the park makes the commitment to maintain a certain water level/depth. If they are going to interfere/react to the natural cycle I think they should make the decision to keep pumping. To see a picture of how low Creekfield Lake was a few weeks prior to this picture scroll down a bit - I'm standing on the same bridge looking the same direction - towards the pier.