In August 1987, the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District was officially formed through a confirmation election. Since then, the District has served the residents of Travis, Hays, and Caldwell counties by providing a local voice in the management of our region’s precious groundwater resources. The locally elected Board of Directors and staff have worked together with stakeholders to address many of the complex issues and resource management challenges. With stakeholder support, the District has evolved over the past three decades to be the trusted stewards of the aquifers by investing in data-driven science as the basis for sound polices to serve the long-term groundwater interests of our community.
District staff compiled a variety of publications in honor of the 30th Anniversary. The District Timeline (above) shows key events, the Lovelady Monitor Well hydrograph with drought thresholds, and Directors through time. The 30 Years of Aquifer Science Fact Sheet (right) chronicles landmark scientific studies that helped further understanding of the District’s groundwater resources and inform District policies. To better inform conversations and policy making the District collaborated with accomplished cartographer and artist, Molly O’Halloran to create the Central Texas Water Resources Map (below)(tabloid, poster). To engage and educate students and residents about water quality indicators, the District worked with Pixel Profundo, LLC to develop an augmented reality card game that teaches about benthic macroinvertebrates called CleAR Creek Critters (bottom). It is downloadable from both the Apple and Andriod stores for free.