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, June 13, 2024 at 5pm

The next meeting is a Regular Board Meeting. The District holds Board Meetings on the second Thursday of each month. This upcoming meeting will be hosted at the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas building located at 707 FM 1626, Austin, Texas.

What's New at the District

Find drought updates, aquifer studies, and relevant articles on all things District-related
Water at Barton Creek falls over a small waterfall at Sculpture Falls in Austin Texas. There are trees and a blue sky in the background.

Drought Update – April 2024

Rainfall   April is known for its “April showers”, and rainfall last month didn’t disappoint. The Austin region experienced 3.0 inches, which surpasses April’s historical average by more than a half-inch (figure 1). April is the second

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