The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is committed to conserving, protecting, recharging, and preventing waste of groundwater and preserving all aquifers in the District. The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District was created in 1987 with a directive to conserve, protect, and enhance the groundwater resources in its jurisdictional area.
BSEACD Aquifer Science team provides sound science to support policy and tactical decisions made by the District that affect water supply users and endangered species habitat. Collecting basic hydrogeologic data and planning and executing projects enhances the understanding of the water resources within the District’s boundaries.
The Regulatory Compliance Team is responsible for a wide range of the District’s responsibilities. Regulatory Compliance Team members have also actively attended and participated in community outreach and regional development and planning groups and served as District liaisons to local municipalities, political subdivisions, permittees, and licensed drillers and pump installers in the area.
The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer District actively participates and hosts events designed to engage and educate groundwater users and District residents. Events include stewardship awards, festivals, creek cleanups, presentations to schools and community groups, and teacher trainings.
One of the most effective ways to conserve, protect, and manage our the groundwater resources is to keep you informed of the science, current conditions, and regulations affecting our District. Sign up on the Friends of the District email list and receive: Quarterly newsletters, Aquifer status updates, Drought declarations, Conservation information, and Important news.
The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District strives to meet a high standard by providing clear, consistent pictures of spending, and by sharing information in user-friendly formats, to promote financial transparency and accountability, not only through financial reports but also through summaries, visualizations, downloadable data, and other relevant information.
Barton Springs and Lovelady Level Check – April 28, 2022
Here are the latest level checks for Barton Springs and the Lovelady Well. Both are the District’s drought triggers. As you can see in the diagrams below, both Barton Springs and Lovelady leveled out a bit due to recent rains, but overall they both remain on a steady decline. With continued dry conditions we could cross into Alarm Stage Drought as soon as mid-to-late May.
April 28, 2022 – Barton Springs remains above the Stage II Alarm Drought Threshold of 38 cfs (cubic feet per second). It is currently at 46.6 cfs.
April 28, 2022 – The water level in the Lovelady Well remains above Stage II Drought Threshold of 478 ft msl (feet above mean sea level). It is currently a little above 482.5 msl.
By the way, The District’s Water Conservation Period begins Sunday, May 1 and extends through the end of September–the time when water use is at its peak. Starting on May 1, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District initiates a voluntary 10% reduction in groundwater pumping by its permittees. The goal is to prolong water availability throughout the hottest and driest portion of the year.
In the summer months, outdoor water use is significantly higher and can account for 60% or more of home water use. Planting native or drought-tolerant landscapes, mulching, and using compost can substantially reduce the amount of irrigation water required to keep plants healthy. Making sure your irrigation system is functioning at peak efficiency and replacing leaking gaskets and hoses can help conserve water. Installing a rain barrel or rainwater harvesting system can make an even bigger impact in reducing overall water use.