2021  ·  Groundwater Management, Legal/Policy

Groundwater in Texas: Case Studies of Effective Management–Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District

Environmental Defense Fund and Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts

The Hays Trinity GCD has relied on sound science and stakeholder input to develop policy and management tools to protect the unique groundwater resources within its jurisdiction. This benefits all landowners and groundwater users within the district. The Hays Trinity GCD Board has recognized, however,... View

2021  ·  One Water, Wastewater

One Water in the Texas Hill Country: Connecting the Community with Projects and Professionals

Sarah B. Faust, Faust Law PLLC | Katherine Romans, Hill Country Alliance | Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation

This guidebook is intended to connect Hill Country communities facing growth and increased demands for water with water professionals experienced with One Water strategies, planning, implementation, design and construction. We interviewed engineers, architects, planners and landscape designers to gain insight into the realities of One... View

2021  ·  Species and Habitat

Stygobromus bakeri, a new species of groundwater amphipod (Amphipoda, Crangonyctidae) associated with the Trinity and Edwards aquifers of central Texas, USA

Randy Gibson, Benjamin T. Hutchins, Jean K. Krejca, Peter H. Diaz, and Peter S. Sprouse, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, Texas State University; Zara Environmental, LLC

A new stygobitic groundwater amphipod species, Stygobromus bakeri sp. nov., is described from 4 central Texas limestone karst springs; John Knox Spring (Comal County), Jacob’s Well (Hays County), Mormon Spring (Travis County) and Salado Springs (Bell County). This species belongs to the predominately western Nearctic... View

2020  ·  Wastewater, Water Quality

Bioassessment of four Hill Country streams threatened by proposed municipal wastewater discharges

Dr. Ryan S. King and Dr. Jeffrey A. Back, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX

The investigators were charged with completing a comprehensive biological assessment of four (4) Hill Country streams that were subject to permit applications for wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent discharges. The four streams included Onion Creek, Blanco River, Honey Creek, and Barton Creek. Sampling occurred during... View

2020  ·  One Water, Wastewater

Blanco Comparison of Centralized vs. Decentralized Wastewater System Costs

David Venhuizen, P.E.

A report, dated January 2, 2020, titled “City of Blanco, Preliminary Investigations and Report, Wastewater Collection System Improvements for Proposed Service Area” was submitted by Smith Turrieta Engineering. Protect Our Blanco (POB) requested a review of that report and an analysis of the facilities that would...

2020  ·  Wastewater

City of Blanco: Wastewater Collection System Improvements for Proposed Service Area

Susan Smith Turrieta, PE, Smith Turrieta Engineering

This Preliminary Investigations and Report (technical memorandum) has been prepared to identify future wastewater flows and infrastructure needs within the proposed service area outlined in Exhibit A. This memorandum focuses on the development south of Blanco River and does not include land use assumptions or... View

2020  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management, Legal/Policy, One Water, Wastewater, Water Quality

Ensuring One Water Delivers for Healthy Waterways: A Framework for Incorporating Healthy Waterways into One Water Plans and Projects

Jennifer Walker, Myron Hess, Carrie Thompson, Sarah Diringer, Texas Living Waters Collaboration

The One Water approach offers tremendous opportunities for improving how water is managed within communities. Using water efficiently and taking advantage of diverse, locally available water supplies are important goals. It is also important that the approach support communities in assessing how their water use... View

2020  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management, Water Quality

Hydrogeologic Atlas of Southwest Travis County Central Texas

Hunt, B.B., Cockrell, L.P., Gary, R.H., Vay, J.M., Kennedy, V., Smith, B.A., and Camp, J.P., Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and Travis County

This study presents a compilation of existing and new hydrogeologic data in the form of a hydrogeologic atlas with accompanying digital datasets intended to improve the collective understanding of groundwater resources in Southwest Travis County (SWTC). The study was a collaboration between the Barton Springs/... View

2020  ·  Legal/Policy, Wastewater, Water Quality

Pristine to Polluted: Sewage Problems & Solutions in the Texas Hill Country

Brian Zabcik, Nathan Wilton, Angela Richter, and Clark Hancock, Save Barton Creek Association

The Hill Country has always been one of the most treasured parts of our state, both by the residents who live there and by the Texans who visit it for recreation. The region’s allure lies not just in its unique terrain, but in its waterways.... View

2019  ·  Land Conservation, Stewardship, Species and Habitat, Water Quality

Cypress Creek Nature Preserve Masterplan

Alvarado Works, City of Wimberley, and Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

This document intends to establish a long term management and development plan for the Cypress Creek Nature Preserve, located in the heart of the City of Wimberley, Texas. The plan will balance the delicate riparian ecology of the preserve, the thoughtful integration with the surrounding parks... View