The San Angelo Rumor Mill: Refilling the Lake
As of Friday the Rumor Mill had received several queries about refilling operations to replace Lake Nasworthy’s dismal loses with the cool clear waters quietly secluded just behind the Twin Buttes Dam --in the dead storage of the reservoir’s South Pool.
The request went out on Feb. 25 and the deadline for submissions was March 12, so it looks like the City is taking a little more time on this RFP.
“No pumps yet at the South Pool…The water level keeps rising slightly..I windsurfed the South Pool today… before the pumps reduce it again to a shallow mud hole.”
Since City personnel have been silent on the subject so far, we decided to check into it.
Travelling by truck, LIVE! proceeded to the wilds behind Mathis Field Regional Airport and continued past the law-enforcement training facility where we crossed over the abandoned streambed of the South Concho River, before turning off of the pavement and making our way to the back of the earthen dam.
Navigating carefully over the rutted road that leads to the water, slyly avoiding the sharp rocks that encumber the path, we reached the old pumping station, which stands derelict and in need of attention at the southeast corner of the impoundment.
There was no water-moving equipment at the location so LIVE! took a few pictures and then skipped a rock or two before heading back to town to make some calls.
Paul Alexander was willing to talk, and said during a telephone interview that he has it on good authority that pumping operations are to begin in the near future.
He said it would have been smarter to begin the refilling efforts back in February, but said it’s definitely a better-late-than-never situation and the move will help conserve water in the long run.
Alexander said there was more than one way to get the fluid treasure from the South Pool into Lake Nasworthy and feels the most likely solution will be to pump over the dam and into the natural waterway where the South Concho River originally ran unimpeded into the lake.
He said the streambed of the South Concho has been dry except during big rains and one episode when dam leakage caused it to trickle in 1994.
So hopefully the pumps will be in place soon and maybe the boat ramps at Nasworthy will be underwater in time for Summer.