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

BSEACD Resource Kits

Groundwater-Related Videos

Edwards Aquifer:

Trinity Aquifer

Water Wells:


Collaborating Water Educators and Expertise

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!

Contact Agency Expertise Email
Adam Comer Austin Youth River Watch Water quality monitoring, stream restoration, Colorado River acomer@ayrw.org
Alecia Hudson Keep Austin Beautiful Litter abatement, water quality, watershed models, gardening, stream restoration, clean-up projects alecia@keepaustinbeautiful.org
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 interface cait.mccann@austintexas.gov
Caleb Harris Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept-Angler Education Fishing, angler education, riparian habitats, native and invasive fish, instream flow Caleb.harris@tpwd.texas.gov
Carolyn Meredith City of Sunset Valley Urban forests, green classrooms, trail maintenance, urban/wildland interface cmeredith@sunsetvalley.org
Cinde Thomas-Jimenez Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Guadalupe River, Blanco River, water quality, service learning projects, floods, drought response cinde.thomas-jimenez@gbra.org
Geoff Hensgen Colorado River Alliance Colorado River, marine biology, Highland Lakes models geoff@coloradoriver.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 Aquifer jessica.gordon@austintexas.gov
Johnnie Smith Texas Parks & Wildlife – Aquatic Education Texas Aquatic Science, Aquatic WILD, and Texas Waters: Exploring Water and Watersheds johnnie.smith@tpwd.texas.gov
Julie Graham Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Texas natives, land management for recharge, Nature Nights jgraham@wildflower.org
Linda Ruiz McCall Bureau of Economic Geology Texas geology, Balcones fault zone, geologic history linda.mccall@beg.utexas.edu
Lisa Benton Lower Colorado River Authority Water quality, aquatic ecology, freshwater mussels, zebra mussels, native/invasive aquatic vegetation, dams and power generation lisa.benton@lcra.org
Margaret Russell City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Dept. Children in nature, outdoor classrooms, canoeing, Texas natives, invasives, Margaret.russell@austintexas.gov
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.adair@austintexas.gov
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 stories paxpeg@prodigy.net
Robin Gary Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Edwards and Trinity Aquifers, groundwater management, GIS, groundwater water quality, wells, caving rhgary@bseacd.org
Sally Alderman Texas Water Development Board Major Rivers, Texas water plan, water conservation sally.alderman@twdb.texas.gov
Sara Heilman City of Austin-Watershed Protection Dept, Earth Camp Barton Springs, salamanders, caving, macroinvertebrates sara.heilman@austintexas.gov
Susan Wall City of Austin-Watershed Protection Dept, Earth Camp Caving, recharge, macroinvertebrate sampling, Barton Springs, green classrooms susan.wall@austintexas.gov

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