BSEAD staff lean over a cliff to measure a lake that's fed by the Edwards Aquifer.

About the District

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (the District) was founded in 1987 by the Texas legislature. As a groundwater conservation district, we’re a local government entity authorized to work with well owners to protect aquifers and manage the use of groundwater throughout our territory.  

Onion Creek flows between a wall of Edwards Limestone and a rocky bank covered in vegetation.

Next Board Meeting

Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 5pm

The next meeting is a Regular Board Meeting. The District holds Board Meetings on the second Thursday of each month at our office at 1124 Regal Row in Austin, Texas, unless otherwise specified. Topics include permit applications, drought stages, ongoing aquifer research, and more. The general public is always welcome to attend. 

What's New at the District

Find drought updates, aquifer studies, and relevant articles on all things District-related

Barton Springs Multiport Well

Jeff Watson, Staff Hydrogeologist, collecting freshly cut core samples during the Barton Springs Multiport Well drilling process in February 2024. The District has successfully drilled two new monitor wells this year- one in Garrison Park

Drought Update – March 2024

Rainfall   During March, the Austin area typically experiences a monthly average rainfall of approximately 2.9 inches. To date, we have received 2.1 inches. Despite receiving steady rainfall in both February and March, rainfall amounts for both

Water from Barton creek falls over a waterfall at Sculpture Falls on a cloudy day in Austin, TX

Drought Update – February 2024

Transition to Stage II Alarm Drought Ongoing Impact of Early 2024 Rainfall In January the District received an average of 6 inches of rain. This rain increased flow in the Blanco River and creeks throughout

Drought Update – January 2024

In mid-January, an arctic blast swept across most of the United States. The Texas Hill Country felt the brunt of this cold front from Sunday, January 14, through Wednesday, January 17, with temperatures lingering near or