Drought, Groundwater Pumping, and the Need for Conservation

Jacob’s Well flow reached a daily average of zero flow on August 6, 2022.  As of August 18, there have been 7 days with a daily average of zero.  Including this year, Jacob’s Well has stopped flowing 5 times in recent history–2000, 2009, 2011, 2013, and now 2022.

Zero and low flow conditions have major ramifications for Cypress Creek, aquatic habitat, tourism, and groundwater users. While in the midst of drought, we must all conserve water (even the smallest efforts make a difference over time and across the community).  Additionally, we must modify current policies and develop necessary new ones to protect water supplies, habitat, and our economies in future droughts.

Watershed Association staff presented to Woodcreek City Council on August 10, Wimberley Parks Board on August 17, and Wimberley City Council on August 18.  With discussions and pertinent questions, the presentation was refined.  Please find the final version of the August 18th Drought, Groundwater Pumping and Conservation presentation below.

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Many thanks to Legislators, Commissioners, Council Members, Board Members, and stakeholders in conservation policy discussions right now.  As a groundwater dependent community facing substantial population growth, we need our policies to help protect the aquifers, springs, creeks, and rivers that make the Hill Country so beautiful–even during droughts.