June Watershed News
Drought Is Back in Full Force | The Watershed Association - New Logo and Brochure
Support the Arts for Water | Tribute to Sky Lewey
GBRA Planning for a Habitat Conservation Plan | Removing the Mystery of Groundwater Bacteria Sampling: Cypress Creek and Blanco River
Hill Country Land, Water & Natural Infrastructure Plan
Relaunch of the Texas Brewshed Alliance | Now Hiring!

Drought Is Back in Full Force
Springs and monitor wells in both the Trinity and Edwards Aquifers show significant drought impacts. Jacob’s Well spring flow average is less than 1 cubic feet per second (cfs). Daily fluctuations in spring flow are due to local effects of groundwater pumping.

Baseflow provided by Pleasant Valley Springs and Park Springs on the Blanco River is at the lowest recorded flow since the USGS monitoring site was established in 2016. Low spring flow translates to low flow in area creeks and rivers. The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has set a 30% drought curtailment in the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone and 20% drought curtailments in the remainder of the District to prolong availability of limited groundwater supplies.
Edwards Aquifer springs and monitor wells are also showing drought impacts. Barton Springs 10-day average flow is 36 cfs (2 cfs below the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Stage II Alarm Drought threshold); average daily spring flow has declined 10.4 cfs in the last month. San Marcos Springs flow is 104 cfs and has declined 24 cfs in the last month. Comal Springs flow is 129 cfs (21 cfs below the Edwards Aquifer Authority Stage 3 Drought threshold).

All of the Hill Country is experiencing rainfall deficits which has lead to pronounced drought conditions in our area. Visit the Water Monitoring page for drought declarations, links to monitoring sites, and archived Hydro Reports.
May through September is considered the high-water-use season. For many homes, outdoor irrigation increases substantially. Most communities in the Hill Country are groundwater-dependent, so drought conditions are particularly troublesome for water supplies, recreation-based tourism, and springs and rivers. Please follow groundwater district drought restrictions and local water provider drought water use guidance. Limit outdoor irrigation and conserve water indoors. Identify and fix leaks. Conserve water to prolong water supplies until rainfall can replenish our aquifers. While we can’t control the weather, we can conserve water and look for innovative ways to use alternate supplies (like site-harvested supplies—rainwater and AC condensate) to lessen impacts of pumping. While each aquifer behaves differently, all groundwater is limited and deserves to be used wisely. For more information on native landscapes, rainwater harvesting, leak identification tips and more, visit the Home Owner Resource page.

No matter what area agencies call their drought declaration, coordinated water conservation is important to preserve groundwater availability, spring flow, and water supplies.

For the love of water,

 Robin Gary
Managing Director

David Baker
Founder and Executive Director (and Artist in Residence)
The Watershed Association - New Logo and Brochure

We are thrilled to share our brand-new logo and brochure with you! As we deepen and expand our programming for Art4Water and revitalize the Brewshed Alliance, we continue our ongoing work in the primary impact areas of land and water...

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Support the Arts for Water!
Sacred Springs Kite Exhibit Sponsorship
While we have been protecting Texas land and water for over 25 years through shaping public policy, land and water stewardship, education, and conservation, this year we are celebrating a new era of advocacy that includes the language of expression, through the Art4Water Program. Art4Water increases support for Texas Water by hosting experiences, events and initiatives showcasing water issues through the lens of art – a powerful medium people can feel, rather than experience just through data and charts. Historically, artists have served society as visionaries, translators and storytellers– they help share powerful stories and elements of the human experience that are limited by spoken language.
The Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition, our inaugural Art4Water event, is an art installation featuring over 50 water-inspired kites developed by 30+ local and national artists. The exhibition is hosted at Austin Central Library May - November 2022. (Please read more about the exhibit and featured artists HERE.)

We invite you to showcase your commitment to Texas Water by becoming a Sacred Springs Kite Sponsor. Your support of the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition helps to support our work to ensure clean and plentiful water continues to flow through our beautiful and fragile region. Through the various sponsorship levels, you can establish your organization or small business as a leader in environmental protection while meeting your social responsibility goals, all while providing art and environmental education to our community.

Tribute to Sky Jones-Lewey

This May we all lost a powerful, no-nonsense, force of nature-Sky Jones-Lewey. As Resource Protection and Education Director for the Nueces River Authority, she touched thousands of lives, spearheaded award-winning programs, and lead...

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GBRA Planning for Habitat Conservation Plan

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) are designed to protect endangered and threatened species from activities within their range. The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority is developing a basin-wide HCP. The first public meeting is Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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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 precious region; without it, the Hill Country would not be the region we know and love.

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Bacteria Sampling - Cypress Creek & Blanco River

The Wimberley Water Advisory Group, a group of volunteers,monitors both Cypress Creek and the Blanco River near Wimberley for E. Coli bacteria. The June sampling results are now available. Despite low flows, bacteria counts remain low at most sites.

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Hill Country Land, Water, & Natural Infrastructure Plan

The Texas Hill Country Conservation Network is developing a Natural Infrastructure Plan that documents community priorities related to parks, open spaces, agricultural lands, water resources, and the environment. Now we need to hear from YOU!

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Texas Brewshed Alliance Relaunch at Nomadic Beerworks

Come raise a glass with The Watershed Association to celebrate the relaunch of the Texas Brewshed Alliance! Join us at Nomadic Beerworks on Friday, June 24th from 2-7pm to share a beer and Support your Watershed!

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Now Hiring!
These partner organizations are hiring! We wanted to help spread the word.
Texas Hill Country Conservation Manager
This is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with conservation groups across the Hill Country. The Network Manager is a key position for advancing the mission of the Network, serving as the bridge and connector between members of the Steering Committee, working groups, and Network partners.

Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Regulatory Compliance Specialist
A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Water Resources Management, Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, or closely related field is required. The Specialist will work closely with the Regulatory Compliance Manager in the review and
processing of permit applications, interpreting District Rules and well construction standards, and providing technical guidance and oversight on permitting and drilling activities.

Staffing shortages at the Wimberley and Drippling Springs Hays County Recycling Centers have reduced hours to only Wednesdays and Fridays. Positions are $36,164.04 - $54,245.52 annually with benefits. Under general supervision, the Recycling and Solid Waste Site Technician provides services at the solid waste and recycling center for the benefit of citizens of Hays County. 

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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