Hill Country caves reveal secrets to the biology of cave-dwelling animals

Hill Country caves reveal secrets to the biology of cave-dwelling animals

Along U.S. Highway 281 headed north to the Comal County line, drivers can see shopping centers and housing developments that look indistinguishable from suburbia elsewhere in the country. But hundreds of feet below the highway, inside the Edwards Aquifer and some local caves, new species of salamanders, crustaceans, and other creatures are being discovered. Animals that live inside the Edwards aquifer include two species of blind catfishes. A recent report also documents the discovery of several species of crustaceans (shrimp-like…

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Guadalupe lakes to be emptied

Guadalupe lakes to be emptied

  • August 16, 2019
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The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority will drain its four remaining lakes on the Guadalupe next month, citing the imminent public danger posed by the decrepit condition of spill gates in its 90-year-old dams. The lakes will be dewatered one by one beginning Sept. 16. Officials expect each lake to take about three days to empty. The process will start with Gonzales on the east, then move west to Meadow, Placid and finally McQueeney, the most populated one. The water level will…

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Meadows Center releases report for management, preservation of Jacob’s Well

Meadows Center releases report for management, preservation of Jacob’s Well

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, in collaboration with the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, has released a report evaluating a potential groundwater management zone to preserve flows to Jacob’s Well in the Wimberley Valley region. Jacob’s Well, a karst spring originating in the Middle Trinity Aquifer, is the primary source of base flow to Cypress Creek, which flows through the towns of Woodcreek and Wimberley and into the Blanco River. Cypress Creek and…

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Historic One Water campus project is officially underway

Historic One Water campus project is officially underway

Wimberley, Texas, July 29, 2019— Wimberley ISD Board of Trustees celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the District’s future primary campus on the corner of Ranch Road 12 and Winters Mill Parkway on Monday, July 29. The new, approximately 90,600-square-foot campus is slated to open in the summer of 2020 ahead of the academic year. The $31.3 million bond project, given the go ahead by Wimberley residents in May 2018, has a capacity for 800 students in pre-k through second grade…

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Scientists have big hopes for Uvalde Pool study

Scientists have big hopes for Uvalde Pool study

Ron Green, a scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, and his team of hydro-geologists are busy collecting data on and creating a lumped parameter model for the Uvalde Pool, a major reservoir of underground water centered over central Uvalde County and part of the Edwards Aquifer. Though the project is relatively new, Green said their research in Uvalde has been ongoing for over 20 years. “For over 20-plus years, we’ve been trying to quantify how much water goes…

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Sedimentation surveys on the Highland Lakes a look into the future of water resources

Sedimentation surveys on the Highland Lakes a look into the future of water resources

  • July 25, 2019
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Nathan Leber is all about finding the dirt on Lake Buchanan and other Texas reservoirs, or, more precisely, the dirt at the bottom. Leber, manager of the TexMesoNet and Hydrosurvey programs for the Texas Water Development Board, is in charge of a crew that’s currently surveying sedimentation in Lake Buchanan. Sedimentation surveys in Texas reservoirs help the state understand how water resources will look 50-100 years into the future. “We provide the data; (state leaders) make the decisions,” Leber said.…

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Plans for treatment plant raise worries about impact on San Marcos River

Plans for treatment plant raise worries about impact on San Marcos River

Huddled into a small 1930s-era high school auditorium, dozens of people this week declared their opposition to letting a yet-to-be-built residential development dump treated wastewater into Dickerson Creek, a tributary of the San Marcos River and a typically dry waterway that feeds private wells in Caldwell County. The proposed Cherryville development, which would have 10,000 homes on a 1,200-acre plot off Texas 80 and Texas 130, requested a permit to dump up to 160,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day…

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New Wimberley school aims to take water conservation to the next level

New Wimberley school aims to take water conservation to the next level

  • July 15, 2019
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From Texas Standard:  Wimberley Independent School District in Central Texas is moving forward with the construction of a new environmentally friendly school. The project focuses on the conservation of water. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday, most of Texas is completely drought-free. That’s a stark change from where the state was this time last year, let alone the extreme drought conditions of years past. But even as drought pressure has abated, water remains both a valuable and…

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Craft conservation: The new effort to save Texas water sources through beer

Craft conservation: The new effort to save Texas water sources through beer

  • July 15, 2019
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If you have a favorite brewery, you also have a favorite watershed. A new effort from conservation groups and local breweries aims to connect those two ideas, that good craft beer must start with good, clean water. “That water flows through, and it picks up minerals and nutrients, but it can also pick up pollutants. All of these things affect the quality of downstream beer,” said Thomas Waymouth, director of the new Texas Brewshed Alliance. Waymouth and his wife brought…

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Commentary: Why you should care about groundwater pumping in Hays County

Commentary: Why you should care about groundwater pumping in Hays County

  • June 25, 2019
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Barton Springs, the Austin’s beloved spring-fed swimming pool, is the crown jewel of the city – the soul of this soulful town. Almost a million people cooled off in the springs in 2018, and more than a million swimmers are expected to return in 2019….In recent years, hydrogeologists studying groundwater flow in the Trinity Aquifer to the west of Austin in Hays County have learned the Trinity is also a source of water for Barton Springs….Water in Hays County is…

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