Drought Update – June 2024

Barton Creek downstream from Barton Springs

A view of Barton Creek downstream from Barton Springs. While last June saw a total of 15 triple-digit days, June 27 was Austin’s first 100 degree day of 2024. That’s still a week earlier than the local historical average. A heat dome will remain across Texas throughout this holiday week and result in dry and […]

RFQ for Audit Services

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (District) requests statements of interest and qualifications (SOQs) from qualified firms to provide an annual audit of the District’s financial statements including all major fund sources. The audit shall be performed according to the generally accepted government auditing standards adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants The […]

RFQ for Legal Services

Request for Statements of Interest and Qualifications for General Counsel and Related Legal Services RFQ No. 06072024-002 The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (District) requests statements of interest and qualifications (SOQs) from qualified firms to provide general counsel and related legal support services. The selected firm shall employ members that are licensed to practice law […]

Travis County is Out of Drought. Why isn’t the District?

Kayaking near Barton Springs by Matthew Guthrie

You might have seen recent stories saying Travis County is drought-free for the first time in two years. If this is the case, then why is the District still in Stage II Alarm Drought? As of June 20, the US Drought Monitor shows Travis County (outlined in black) is out of drought and listed as ‘Abnormally Dry.’ […]

Drought Update – May 2024

Wildflowers near the Barton Springs multiport well

In the 1930s Texas State Climatologist Isaac Klein reportedly said, “Texas is a land of eternal drought, interrupted occasionally by biblical floods”, and right now the state is seeing a little of both. While parts of southeast Texas had severe flooding earlier last month and North Texas is experiencing one of its wettest springs on record, […]

Well Water Checkup – July 2024

Well water checkup sampling collection

In partnership with the the Texas Well Owner Network (TWON), the District is hosting its first Well Water Checkup of 2024. Well owners with wells located in the District’s boundaries are welcome to participate for free. Key Dates and Times All will take place at the District office located at 1124 Regal Row, Austin, Texas. Water […]

Letter from the General Manager – May 2024

Installing the Barton Springs Multiport Well

Westbay and District staff finishing the installation of the multiport equipment in Zilker Park on Friday, May 24. As I write, the District is completing the installation of our newest multiport well in Zilker Park. With a grant from the City of Austin’s Barton Springs Salamander Conservation Fund, the new multiport well marks the 8th […]

Drought Update – April 2024

Sculpture Falls flowing

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 month of 2024 to exceed its monthly average. From January to April, we accumulated an average of 13.2 inches of […]

Barton Springs Multiport Well

Jeff Watson coring at Barton Springs 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 and another in Zilker Park just south of Barton Springs Pool. While construction at the Garrison monitor well is now […]