May Watershed News
Raising Groundwater Awareness--Artistically | Art4Water Launch Party
We're All in this Drought Together | Cypress Creek and Blanco River Clean Rivers Monitoring
Texas Highways: State of the Hill Country Article
Removing the Mystery of Groundwater | Now Hiring!

Raising Water Awareness through ART  
Art4Water is finally HERE! We celebrated the opening of the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition at the Austin Central Library on Friday, May 6th. The exhibit is truly breathtaking and represents the heart and vision of David Baker, Terry Zee Lee, and Ryan Willett. The Watershed Association's Art4Water team guided the collaborative project to include 47 incredible artists and kitemakers, facilitating the artists, artworks, and all the details over the last year to create the first exhibit of its kind. The remarkable art kite exhibition of the 50 Sacred Springs Kites will be on display throughout the library until the end of November. 

Artists have always served society as visionaries, translators and storytellers– they help share powerful stories and elements of the human experience that are limited by spoken language. We want to thank the Sacred Springs artists for shining their light on the beauty of water and importance of water and the natural treasures of Texas springs. It’s our hope that this inspiration helps fuel awareness and stewardship… Sfter all, we tend to protect what we love.

With the Art4Water launch and increased visibility, we decided it was time to update our logo, too (check out the new banner). We're still the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, but we've shortened it (you may have noticed this over the last year) to the Watershed Association. What starts here in Wimberley sets an example and continually inspires people far beyond the Valley. For example, lessons learned from the Wimberley One Water School have inspired school districts and city councils in Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Hays and Travis counties--and beyond. Through work on the Blanco Water Reclamation Task Force, Pristine Streams protections, Texas Hill Country Conservation Network, and Art4Water (to name a few initiatives), we're sharing and collaborating on large scale Watershed projects across the watershed and the region. Watershed Association feels right for the level of impact for our programs.

We invite you to join us this Sunday, May 15th at Beerberg Brewing for the Watershed Association's Art4Water Launch Party! It will be a day devoted to conservation through art full of music, art, beer, activities for kids and adults, and connecting with friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

For the love of water,

David Baker
Founder and Executive Director (and Artist in Residence)

 Robin Gary
Managing Director
Art4Water Launch Party at Beerburg Brewing
Leyline are long-time friends of the Watershed and many of their songs are inspired by a deep connection to water and the need to protect our sacred springs.We are also bringing in artists, vendors, and other community partners who are passionate about the planet. This event will be fun interactive and experiential drawing attention to conservation through creativity.

We are so thrilled to share the official launch of the Watershed Association’s Art4Water program aimed at highlighting the intersectionality between art, culture, expression and conservation. Our inaugural Art4Water project is the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition, the exhibit features water-inspired work of 30+ artists from across the nation in the form of large art kites, which will hang in the Austin Central Library from May 6th-November 30.

Our official launch party at Beerburg Brewery is coming up this weekend on May 15th! The event is an opportunity to celebrate the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition as well as highlight artists and community members that are passionate about conservation and our future Art4Water programming.

The event is free, donations are appreciated, and a portion of the Cause-Brew sales will support Art4Water. Come join us this weekend!

We are all in this drought together

The Cow Creek GCD recorded 1.77 inches of rain in 2022, less than the 2.02 inches received from Jan. through Apr. in 1954, the worst one-year drought on record. While there is still potential for rain, the forecast does not look good.

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Clean Rivers Program: Cypress Creek and Blanco River

Monitoring the water quality of our springs, creeks, and rivers is an essential part of stewardship. It is impossible to manage what isn't measured. Through the TCEQ's Clean Rivers Program, the Watershed Association has monitored water quality...

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Texas Highways: State of the Hill Country Report Article

The State of the Hill Country Report is making a splash! It is highlighted in Texas Highways' May Hidden Hill Country edition. The 8 conservation and development metrics presented in the report provide insight for residents, business owners, and...

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Small-town Boerne Works to Preserve Resources

Boerne works to preserve resources as development gobbles land. The Cibolo Center for Conservation in Boerne is a result of their efforts, and also the center of growing influence to guard against uncontrolled growth threatening natural resources.

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Removing the mystery of groundwater

What makes the Texas Hill Country unique? In my mind, it comes down to one thing: groundwater. It is impossible to overstate the importance of groundwater to this region, because without it, the Hill Country would not be the region we know and love.

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Now Hiring!
These partner organizations are hiring! We wanted to help spread the word.
Jacob's Well Natural Area Summer Staff
Hays County's Parks Department is looking for two Part-Time Park Specialists to help at Jacob's Well Natural Area this summer. This is a fantastic opportunity to dip a toe in natural resource management, wildlife monitoring, and experience Jacob's Well up close.

American Youthworks Summer Conservation Corps
TXCC Summer Youth Crew Members embark on conservation projects in the parks, green spaces, and public lands of Texas.

These AmeriCorps positions are open to teens and young adults looking to spend a summer gaining new friends and new skills while working on conservation projects throughout Texas. No experience is necessary, and all experiences are welcome!

Members will work on trail improvement and habitat restoration projects led by two adult Crew Leaders!

Summer Youth Crew Members are current or recent high school graduates and will be paid $1550/month for 8-week program (approximate total = $3,100). Upon completion of the program, in addition to the pay they will have earned, they will also receive an AmeriCorps College Scholarship of $1,374.60 for the 8-week program.

Summer Youth Crew Leaders must be between the age of 21-28 and will receive training, a $1700/month living stipend, money for qualified student loans, higher education and training programs.

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The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization. In order to carry out our mission, we rely upon generous donations by people like you who care about protecting and preserving the natural beauty of the Hill Country. Your contributions are tax-deductible. 
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