Fast out of the S-10 gate!

Some gates are very predictable …

Other gates are barely open at all.

This graph shows regulatory stage for WCA1.
Can you see its recent rise into Zone A1?
That’s the reason water managers opened the S-10s.

Put the S-10s in the latter category.

The S-10s release water from Water Conservation Area (WCA) 1 into downstream WCA2. Unlike the seasonally-predictable, i.e. you could set your calendar to them, S-12s, the S-10s are closed more then they are open. They are also more difficult to find. Apparently they are behind a lock and key on a sparsely driven levee.

The S-12s are along US41 for anybody to see.

On a personal note, I’ve never seen the S-10s.

This is the first time water has been released through the S-10s in over a year.  Can you see the “black dash” for the end of May 2012? That indicates a weekly average flow rate of between 200 and 1,000 cfs.

None the less, I am happy to hear it’s open!

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