Last week the Blanco River in San Marcos was barely at a trickle. On Monday it was flowing about 10-feet deep, thanks to this weekend’s rains.
The Comal Springs are once again flowing in New Braunfels thanks to the recent rain. In August, one of the main springs had stopped--an indication of just how serious drought conditions had become.
"Drought is probably the hardest thing to perceive that you're in, it's like quicksand, you don't realize you're in real trouble until you're into it a ways," Rick Illgner with the Edwards Aquifer Authority said.
In San Antonio, representatives from Groundwater Management Area 10 met to discuss the area's water planning needs.
"In the state of Texas there are 98 groundwater districts, probably 70 percent of them are in a single county,” Illgner said. “This sort of forces a process where you have collaboration on a regional aquifer basis rather than on a single county political basis."
While the recent rains have helped, it's going to take more than rainy week to break the drought.
"You can't be short of rainfall 10-inches a year for four years, and then make it up with a 4-inch rainfall," Illgner said. "We need to see more rainfall on a more frequent basis. Groundwater right now composes probably about 50 percent of the water needs."
Since groundwater is so important to the region, experts say it will be important to come together in the planning process to make sure springs like the Comal are protected.
Experts say now that the ground is saturated, any additional rainfall will help area aquifers continue to recharge, but it will take large amounts of rain over an extended period of time to get lakes, streams and aquifers back to normal levels.