2023  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management, Land Conservation, Stewardship

Little Blanco River Occurrence of Flowing Water, Central Texas Hill Country, USA

Douglas A. Wierman, P.G. and Jenna Walker, M.A.Geo. , Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

The Little Blanco River in Blanco County, Texas is a picture-perfect example of a classic Texas Hill Country stream in certain sections where clear waters flow over limestone riverbeds along towering Cypress tree-lined, shady banks. Some sections of the river, however, more often resemble a... View

2023  ·  Land Conservation, Stewardship, One Water, Wastewater, Water Quality

One Water Implementation: A Case Study of Blue Hole Primary School, Wimberley ISD, Hays County, Texas

Robin Gary, David Baker, Nick Dornak, and Ted Davison, Watershed Association Technical Report

Using innovative One Water concepts to minimize water use and optimize onsite reuse, Wimberley Independent School District’s newest campus—Blue Hole Primary—was designed and constructed with strong support from the Watershed Association, Texas State’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and the community.  One Water... View

2022  ·  One Water, Wastewater

Blue Hole Regional Park “Alternative” Water Supply for Non-Potable Water Uses

David Venhuizen, P.E.

The Friends of Blue Hole commissioned an engineering study by David Venhuizen, P.E. of alternative water supplies to provide irrigation and toilet flush water demands on the park.  The study was presented to the Wimberley Parks Board on Feb. 22, 2022.  The report is archived... View

2022  ·  Land Conservation, Stewardship, Species and Habitat

Ecohydrological connectivity: A unifying framework for understanding how woody plant encroachment alters the water cycle in drylands

Bradford P. Wilcox, Shishir Basant, Horia Olariu, and Pedro A. M. Leite, Frontiers in Environmental Science

Grasslands and savannas in drylands have been and continue to be converted to woodlands through a phenomenon often described as woody plant encroachment. This conversion has profound implications for the ecosystem services that these landscapes provide, including water. In this paper, using examples from six... View

2022  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels

Evaluation of Trinity Aquifer Groundwater Availability in Kendall County

James Beach and Tyler Davidson, Advanced Groundwater Solutions, LLC, Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District

Like most areas in the Texas Hill Country, the population and water demand continue to increase in Kendall County. In many areas, the water demand continues to be satisfied by groundwater development. The Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District (CCGCD) is interested in continuing to implement... View

2022  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels

July 2021 Potentiometric Surfaces of the Lower and Middle Trinity Aquifers in Southwestern Hays County, Texas

Shane A. Heath, Philip J. Webster, & Robin H. Gary, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

In the western portion of Hays County and northeastern Comal County, residents depend on the Lower and Middle Trinity Aquifers as their water sources. Water from these two aquifers is used for domestic and agricultural purposes for a rapidly expanding population. According to the United... View

2022  ·  Groundwater Management, Land Conservation, Stewardship, Legal/Policy

Water and Equity in the Texas Hill Country

Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Texas Hill Country Conservation Network

The Texas Hill Country Conservation Network (THCCN) was created to coordinate a conservation partnership organization to scale up the impact of conservation-focused organizations in the region. The partnership understands that in order to achieve their respective missions, they need to create a culture of inclusion... View

2021  ·  Wastewater

Assessment of Costs for Two Wastewater Disposal Strategies for the City of Blanco – Revised

Keith O’Connor, PE and Barney Austin, PhD, PE , Aqua Strategies

This memo is in response to the priorities identified by the Blanco Water Reclamation Task Force, a collaboration between the City of Blanco, Protect Our Blanco, and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Introduction: The City of Blanco (City) is currently treating a daily average... View

2021  ·  Wastewater

Blanco TPDES Refinement Study

Barney Austin, Ph.D., P.E., Aqua Strategies, KIT, Blue Creek Consulting, LLC, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

The Blanco Water Reclamation Task Force commissioned the Blanco TPDES Refinement Study report by Aqua Strategies, KIT, and Blue Creek Consulting as a way to investigate alternatives to direct discharge of wastewater into the Blanco River.  Their report was published through the Meadows Center for... View

2021  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Legal/Policy

Five Gallons in a Ten Gallon Hat: Groundwater Sustainability in Texas

Robert Mace, Ph.D., Meadows Center for Water and The Environment

Despite the hopes and desires of scientists, engineers, and planners, the projected future of groundwater production in Texas is unsustainable. About 95 percent of locally-expressed desired future conditions are based on water-level declines, groundwater is currently being produced at 1.8 times the maximum sustainable amount,... View