Posted by Robin Gary on September 23, 2016
Central Texas’ groundwater, karst landscape, and innovative residents are fascinating! Local researchers, agencies, and organizations (the Aquifer District included) have made a lot of the science accessible through videos, activities & experiments, and resource pages. Here’s a list by category.
BSEACD Activities & Experiments
- coming soon!
BSEACD Resource Kits
- coming soon!
- Austin Underground: A variety of local experts talk about Edwards Aquifer geology, hydrogeology, biology, and threats/solutions. (4 video segments, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department)
- Inner Space Cavern: Inside an Aquifer: A video series that covers everything from the basics, to chemical processes that drive cave formation, to the advanced research done in the cave. (16 video segments, UT Environmental Science Institute)
- Deep Underground with Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Biologist: A look at monitoring efforts for Balcones Canyonlands Preserve cave and the role of caves play as indicators of aquifer health. (1 video, Austin Wildlands BCP and WQPL)
- Recharge in Action: Watch as staff clear debris from a karst feature in Onion Creek. Air bubbles out as water makes its way into the feature. (1 video, Austin Wildlands BCP and WQPL)
- Exploring the Trinity Aquifer: An overview of the Upper, Middle, and Lower Trinity Aquifers, cave formation in the Trinity, and area springs. (1 video, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District)
- Blanco River Springs: A look at Trinity Aquifer springs in the headwaters of the Blanco River. (1 video, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District)
- How A Water Well is Drilled: A view of key elements of well construction, considerations that help protect water quality, pump and pressure tank operation, and home owner guidance. (1 video, American Ground Water Trust)
- Measuring Groundwater with an Electric Tape: An overview of how water level measurements are taken. (1 video, US Geological Survey).
- Streamgages: The Silent Superheros: National experts discuss how streamflow gages provide real-time data, how the data is used, and the challenges associated with maintaining the streamflow network. (1 video, US Geological Survey).
- Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems: Discussion of stream ecosystems, their role in water quality protection, and threats. (1 video, US Geological Survey).
Many of these agencies collaborate on the annual Groundwater to the Gulf: A Summer Institute for Educators. Please join us for 3 days of field trips and hands-on science activities!
|Adam Comer||Austin Youth River Watch||Water quality monitoring, stream restoration, Colorado Riverfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alecia Hudson||Keep Austin Beautiful||Litter abatement, water quality, watershed models, gardening, stream restoration, clean-up email@example.com|
|Amanda Ross||City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department||Outdoor learning, nature-based programs, Texas natives, land management for recharge||Amanda.Ross@austintexas.gov|
|Cait McCann||City of Austin Wildlands||Prescribed fire, Texas natives, water quality protection, land management for recharge, caving, urban/wildland firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Caleb Harris||Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept-Angler Education||Fishing, angler education, riparian habitats, native and invasive fish, instream flow||Caleb.email@example.com|
|Carolyn Meredith||City of Sunset Valley||Urban forests, green classrooms, trail maintenance, urban/wildland firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cinde Thomas-Jimenez||Guadalupe Blanco River Authority||Guadalupe River, Blanco River, water quality, service learning projects, floods, drought email@example.com|
|Geoff Hensgen||Colorado River Alliance||Colorado River, marine biology, Highland Lakes firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Holly Grand||Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept- Coastal||Coastal habitats, estuaries, marine life, instream flows||Holly.Grand@tpwd.texas.gov|
|Jessica Gordon||City of Austin-Watershed Protection Dept, Earth School||Caving, watersheds, point and non-point source pollution, Edwards Aquiferemail@example.com|
|Johnnie Smith||Texas Parks & Wildlife – Aquatic Education||Texas Aquatic Science, Aquatic WILD, and Texas Waters: Exploring Water and Watershedsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Julie Graham||Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center||Texas natives, land management for recharge, Nature Nightsemail@example.com|
|Linda Ruiz McCall||Bureau of Economic Geology||Texas geology, Balcones fault zone, geologic firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lisa Benton||Lower Colorado River Authority||Water quality, aquatic ecology, freshwater mussels, zebra mussels, native/invasive aquatic vegetation, dams and power email@example.com|
|Margaret Russell||City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Dept.||Children in nature, outdoor classrooms, canoeing, Texas natives, invasives,||Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marsha May||Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept – Nature Trackers||Nature trackers, birding, freshwater mussels, amphibians||Marsha.May@tpwd.texas.gov|
|Michael Adair||City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Dept.-Sheffield Education Center||Barton Springs, endangered species, salamanders, drought, flood||Michael.email@example.com|
|Paul Vickery||Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center||Trinity aquifer, outdoor classrooms, native flora and fauna, guided hikes and programs||Paul@westcave.org|
|Peggy Murphy||Texas Master Naturalists||Texas natives,birding, water availability, nature-based firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robin Gary||Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District||Edwards and Trinity Aquifers, groundwater management, GIS, groundwater water quality, wells, email@example.com|
|Sally Alderman||Texas Water Development Board||Major Rivers, Texas water plan, water firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sara Heilman||City of Austin-Watershed Protection Dept, Earth Camp||Barton Springs, salamanders, caving, email@example.com|
|Susan Wall||City of Austin-Watershed Protection Dept, Earth Camp||Caving, recharge, macroinvertebrate sampling, Barton Springs, green firstname.lastname@example.org|