Technical Resources

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Project Resources

The San Marcos Watershed Initiative Implementation Brief_2-11-17(PDF)

Th City Council Water Protection Plan and Water Quality Plan presentation 08-02-17(PDF)

The Lions Club San Marcos Watershed Initiative presentation 03-10-17(PDF) 

 

Other Watershed Project Resources

Sessom Creek Watershed Poster(PDF)

 

Articles

Around the Water Cooler: What’s In Your Water?
Recently a friend who knows I work on water issues asked me, “What’s in our water?” Good question, right? The answer is a little more complex than just H2O. The truth is that things we flush, throw away, or pour down the sink all have an impact on “what’s in our water.” (Continue reading. ..)

Sources of E. coli Are Not Always What They Seem
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified sources of Escherichia colibacteria that could help restore the reputation of local livestock. Studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Mark Ibekwe suggest that in some parts of California, pathogens in local waterways are more often carried there via runoff from urban areas, not from animal production facilities. (Continue reading. ..)

4 Salamander Species Proposed for Endangered List
After a year of consideration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this morning officially proposed adding four Central Texas salamander species to the endangered species list. (Continues reading. ..)

Drought and Uncertainty Nurture U.S. Water-Planning Renaissance at State Level
Official assessments of water resources and needs have a long history. A few states have had some form of water planning as far back as the Great Depression. But lately, the idea has garnered unprecedented popularity. A combination of pernicious drought, interstate conflicts, and the desire to ensure enough water for the economy and the environment has prompted an increasing number of states to take stock of their water assets and set priorities for using and protecting their rivers, lakes, and aquifers. (Continue reading. …)

Groundwater Wars Brewing in Austin Suburbs
In a classic example of the gaps in Texas’ patchwork approach to regulating groundwater, an unprecedented amount of water may soon be pumped from underneath already parched Hays County with virtually no oversight.  (Continue reading. ..)

Landscape and Land Restoration Articles
In the spirit of experimentation, we had the opportunity to try three other forms of mechanical removal: one using a forestry mower, another using a small tractor outfitted with a rock rake, and finally, a tractor outfitted with a front-end “fork” attachment to lift the pear out. (Continue reading. ..)

Over 667,000 Gallons of Wastewater Overflows into Spring Creek
The weekend rain and storms caused a wide range of damage across North Texas. In Collin County, a lightning strike on a power supply caused a water station to spill more than 650,000 gallons of raw sewage into Spring Creek — a tributary of Lake Ray Hubbard. (Continue reading. ..)

States React to New Era of Water Scarcity
In states that voted for water spending, leaders this year will open the public purse. The Texas Water Development Board, a loan-making agency, will distribute funds from a $US 2 billion pot of money that voters approved in 2013. (Continue reading. ..)

Why Water is Not the New Oil
Nowhere is this platitude more recited than here in Texas, where homegrown oil-and-gas money — and now even global capital — is flowing into the next resource boom: groundwater. (Continue reading)

Wimberley Water Wars
The simmering politics of water scarcity in Central Texas boiled over last Thursday night, April 25, when a Wimberley community activist group, Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development, or CARD, called a town meeting to protest the potential “massive development,” according to a CARD flier, on the newly acquired 5,000-acre Needmore Ranch on the Blanco River just east of town. (Continue reading. ..)

Hays Water Fight Portends Battles to Come
Dear concerned citizens, Many Wimberley area citizens have written to their legislators regarding the EP situation, asking that the legislature expands Groundwater Conservation District coverage to include the white zone east of Wimberley (the EP well area). On Wed., Rep. Isaac’s bills went before the Natural Resources Committee. The same day, many of those same citizens began getting emails from legislators indicating that they are being told Wimberley citizens are against Wimberley being included in a Groundwater Conservation District. Unbelievable, since we are already in a GCD. (Continue reading. ..)

Statesman Investigates Hays County Water Deal
To report this story, the American-Statesman submitted Texas Public Information Act requests for copies of all written communications between the Goforth Special Utility District and many players in the Electro Purification plan. Goforth provided some emails but is withholding many others, including all those related to a 13-mile pipeline critical to the project’s future. (Continue reading. ..)

 

External Links

Low Impact Development “Barrier Busters” Fact Sheet
This fact sheet series is primarily intended for state and local decision makers who are considering adoption of Low Impact Development (LID), but who have concerns with LID. These fact sheets explain the benefits of LID in clear terms and through examples. Specific fact sheets in this series directly address specific concerns that have been raised about adopting LID, thereby busting barriers.

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District
Our mission is to conserve, preserve, recharge and prevent waste of groundwater within western Hays County. In support of the Districts mission, we provide educational materials and information about our water resources.

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its ten-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties.

Texas Water Development Board
The mission of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is to provide leadership, information, education, and support for planning, financial assistance, and outreach for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas. Our mission is a vital part of Texas’ overall vision and the state’s mission and goals that relate to maintaining the viability of the state’s natural resources, health, and economic development.

Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
Clean groundwater, available in sufficient quantities to sustain the entire ecosystem, is essential to Wimberley Valley’s ongoing cultural and commercial prosperity.

Texas Clean Rivers Program
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

Texas Parks and Wildlife
To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development
The Texas Hill Country developing in ways that preserve its character, open spaces, clear flowing waters, clean air and dark night skies.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices. It reaches into every Texas county to address local priority needs. 

Hill Country Alliance
The Hill Country Alliance is dedicated to ensuring for future generations an opportunity to enjoy the unique features of the Hill Country region, including the countless spring-fed streams, its multi-ethnic and agricultural heritage, and spectacular scenic beauty.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

U.S. Evironmental Protection Agency
Our mission is to protect human health and the environment.

Hays County
Main Phone Number: (512) 393-7779.
712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, Texas 78666

City of Wimberley
Wimberley is located in central Hays County in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, between Austin and San Antonio, only 16 miles from San Marcos. The center of Wimberley is situated at the confluence of Cypress Creek and the Blanco River, roughly 1,000 feet above sea level on the Edwards Plateau.

City of Woodcreek
Surrounded by creeks, live oaks and abundant wildlife, Woodcreek is located in the midst of the Texas Hill Country. It has the best of two worlds – a peaceful rural setting with starlit skies at night and a residential neighborhood intertwined with an 18-hole golf course.

The Nature Conservancy
Every acre we protect, every river mile restored, every species brought back from the brink, begins with you. Your support will help make a lasting difference around the world in more than 70 countries.

Hays County Roundup
Growth in Hays County is straining our roads, open spaces and water supply. Citizens are demanding intelligent, honest planning for future growth and special interests are jockeying for influence and a stake in the lucrative development bonanza. The RoundUp invites you to tune in as we will be presenting the ‘healthy skeptic’s view,’ finding the spin and the truth in the votes and actions of our public officials.

Daily Discharge at Jacobs Well
Explore real-time water data using new products from USGS TXWSC

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) is the state agency that administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and coordinates conservation and nonpoint source water pollution abatement programs throughout the State.

Exploring the Trinity Aquifer
from our friends at HTGCD

Streamkbank Recovery Video
Blanco River Valley Restoration Project

Riparian and Stream Ecology Workshop
The Texas Riparian Association’s mission is to improve and enhance the health of water quality and quantity in Texas’s streams, by encouraging sustainable and balanced riparian ecosystems for the people and the environment of Texas through the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and the dissemination of information.

Native American Seed Riparian Recovery Seed Mix
Native American Seed is a family-owned business. It was born in a space they created out behind the barn of a little 7-acre patch of prairie remnant in Argyle, Texas.

Riparian Recovery Workshop
Following the 2015 Memorial weekend flood along the Balnco River, a series of Riparian Recovery workshops were held. This film is from one of the workshops held in Wimberley, Texas.

 

Internal Links

Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Inspiring research and leadership that ensure clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity.

Texas Stream Team
Texas Stream Team at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is dedicated to understanding and protecting the 191,000 miles of Texas waterways. We bring together community members, students, educators, academic researchers, environmental professionals, and both public and private sector partners to conduct scientific research and to promote environmental stewardship.

Hill Country Water Resources
Information on RSI Hill Country water projects & issues