The Guadalupe River is feeling the impact of scorching hot, dry weather in south central Texas, but river officials are not overly concerned about it yet. Stretching from Kerr County — northwest of San Antonio — to the Gulf of Mexico, the Guadalupe River is a popular destination for tubing, rafting, swimming and other recreational activities. It is also an important ecosystem for Texas wildlife and an essential element of the region’s water system.

This year, the river’s flows are much lower than average and are expected worsen as the summer goes on. At Spring Branch, just upstream from Canyon Lake, the river’s flow rate is 11.6 cubic feet per second, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, well below the longterm medium flow for that area of the river of 282 cubic feet per second.

Read more from Elena Bruess with San Antonio Express-News here.