Thinking about heading to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, but unsure if recent rains have filled your favorite swimming hole?
A website created by a former University of Texas student provides current water depth and flow rate information for eight popular natural pools along the creek, where people flock each summer to cool their heels.
“People like that it’s a quick way to check if there’s enough water to swim,” says Serena Nguyen, who created the Greenbeltnow.com website as a final project for a coding bootcamp she took at the University of Texas.
Nguyen loves to hang out with friends on the Greenbelt, and came up with the project idea after hiking there one day, only to find out her favorite swim spot had gone dry.
Greenbeltnow.com pulls data from the U.S. Geological Survey website, which is updated automatically every few minutes. You can check the status of eight popular swimming spots, including Gus Fruh, Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls.
Because the pools are irregularly shaped and there is not a USGS measuring station at each location, the measurements may not be exact. Still, they give hikers a general idea of swimming conditions.
The website, which went live in June 2017, also gives the temperature and current weather conditions.
A recent check showed that the water is 1.67 feet deep at Gus Fruh Pool on the Greenbelt, and flow is 1.84 cubic feet per second, less than ideal swimming conditions.
The website does more than let you know how your favorite swimming holes are faring.
It got Nguyen, 24, a job. Thanks to the bootcamp project, she now works as a web developer for Mutual Mobile, a downtown tech agency.