Comal headwater spring flowing from the base of a hill, May 2008.
About 18 months ago, the gushing spring at the head of New Braunfels' Comal River went dry from continuing drought; first time since the 1950's. Broke the hearts of townsfolk who grew up courting on the springside benches made by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Water issues from more than 100 springs in Landa Lake, a protected waterway in Landa Park where the Comal River begins.
Thankfully, other springs continued and the river continued to flow, albeit low and slow.
Last November rain began to fall, about once every two weeks. Generally not a lot at a time but enough to nourish the land. And the underground waters of the Edwards Aquifer, the waters that feed the springs, began to rise.
Last month, water began to issue from the headwater spring again. It's a soft flow, but enough to wash away the fire ant nest that had risen at the mouth. Enough for hope.
Wood ducks winter in Landa Park, swimming in the Comal River.
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