Moving Water…

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Moving Water…


For several weeks, I’ve been going on and on about the heat here in Texas. Add the lack of any significant rain (as in virtually none) and you have burned lawns and dying plants. 


However, that’s not all.  Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve where we walk is adjacent to Cypress Creek. Within the Preserve is Marchall Lake…perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. We love it, the birds love it and I’m pretty sure the fish are happy there as well. 



Workers at Kickerillo have been out during the week pumping water from Cypress Creek into Marshall Lake. 



Cypress Creek flows into the San Jacinto River which then flows out to the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the county flood control needed for our heavy rains. 

The people we spoke with said that at the rate they’re pumping water into the Lake, it may raise it only ⅛ of an inch but what’s more important is oxygenating the water in the lake.


Honestly, it’s not something I’d thought about. But the fish and vegetation need oxygen to survive. 



Greg, from the Preserve, said that he could see fish jumping in the lake as the water was being pumped into it. 


You learn something every day!

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Comments (21)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. "Rain, rain go away" is great in a dream, but a necessity of real life. Enjoy your day.

Jul 19, 2022 05:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Very interesting and I'm sure many will find your post fascinating, explaining why those workers are out and what they are doing.

Jul 19, 2022 05:36 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Fortunate that the area specialists know to move the water so that it gets aerated. We have a few smaller ponds in our area that have water pumping into the air just to get the oxygen back for the fish and other vegetation

Jul 19, 2022 06:04 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

We had some pretty amazing people before us to set up these water plans. Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day! bill

Jul 19, 2022 06:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have seen them punp water and oxigen into ponds here Kathy Streib but I was not sure what it was all about. Thank you for the schooling. 😃

Jul 19, 2022 06:23 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I too appreciate the point about oxygenation.  I believe years ago I heard about that but it left my memory banks. Thanks for the reactivation.

Jul 19, 2022 07:17 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy we had a mini drought here for about two weeks, but had a nice full day of rain yesterday.  Everything was getting brown around here after two weeks of no rain, so I can imagine how brown things are there from several weeks of no rain.

Jul 19, 2022 07:29 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - yes the fish need oxygen in the water.  I hope you get some soon.  We had a heavy downpour in New York.

Jul 19, 2022 08:42 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy we have many options like this in my area as some years the rain is so scarce.  Thankfully this past week many parts of the Valley have been getting rain and thankfully we finally did on Sunday night.  Not a lot but enough to get and keep the monsoon coming....rain baby rain.  The plants, desert and all the critters need you1

Jul 19, 2022 10:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a timely and interesting post. Thanks for sharing your observations.

Jul 19, 2022 11:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I just heard there was an explosion and fire at Hoover Dam.  That's concerning!  Water rights and water management are likely to get closer scrutiny in days to come.

Jul 19, 2022 11:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker I never thought about it either!  I knew they were using the creek water to water the newly planted trees but had not clue about putting oxygen back in the water. 

Wayne Martin we definitely need it but don't see any  this week. 

Jul 19, 2022 02:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie Dillard Austin TX they've been out every day during the week. We saw them again this morning. 

Ed Silva the ponds nearby have them as well. I'm not sure why they haven't put them in this lake though. 

Jul 19, 2022 02:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Bill Salvatore - East Valley it's pretty interesting learning something new!!  

Bob "RealMan" Timm if you think about it, it's why aquariums have pumps. It never occurred to me. 

Jul 19, 2022 02:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Leanne Smith it's amazing how much information we have in those memory banks of ours. Often it gets misplaced. 

George Souto so far, no mandatory water restrictions but I've seen some lawns that look awful. 

Jul 19, 2022 02:22 PM
Leanne Smith

Just like Wayne Martin's 4 questions every day.  How often do we think "I knew that?"

Jul 19, 2022 02:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider the rain threatened last week but it was nothing. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker we could definitely use the rain. The local weatherman said that it was the time he'd given a 10 day forecast of 100 degrees every day. 

Jul 19, 2022 02:28 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

I hear you Kathy.  It's been the same here until the last few days.  I'm hoping you guys get some rain - but not a ridiculous amount that floods like crazy.

Jul 19, 2022 03:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, like you, we learn something every day, and I did too.

Jul 19, 2022 02:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy Kelley Thank you and I hope that Chef Dolores is doing well. 

Yikes Myrl Jeffcoat  Out at Kickerillo, the Preserve has to work with the County Flood District for permission to move the water.   But there's another creek adjacent to the property that they can't touch. 

Jul 19, 2022 03:45 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that is very interesting indeed and not something that I have ever come across.

Jul 20, 2022 04:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, I hope that nature gives you rain for the lake and the area.  My lawn is super drive this year, even with watering three times a week.


Jul 20, 2022 08:02 AM