District News

Drought Update – May 2024

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

Well Water Checkup – July 2024

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.

Letter from the General Manager – May 2024

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.

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

Drought Update – January 2024

In mid-January, an arctic blast swept across most of the United States. The Texas Hill Country felt the brunt of this cold front from Sunday, January 14, through Wednesday, January 17, with temperatures lingering near or

Message from the GM – January 2024

District permittees, constituents with private wells, and staff have something in common: The 19-month (and counting) drought has been stressful. Last week’s rains were more than welcome and have had a positive impact on our

Preparing for Winter Weather

While winters are generally mild in the Texas Hill Country, the last few years have taught us that extremes are always possible and it pays to be prepared. Winter Storm Uri in 2021 created more

Drought Update – December 2023

2023 has come and gone, yet we continue to feel the lasting impact of its extreme heat and low rainfall. It was the hottest year on record with Camp Mabry recording an average temperature of 72.2 degrees

District staff measure the Lovelady monitor well. On the right the staff member holds an orange measuring tape. On the left is the well along with the gauge that records measurements daily.

District Declares Stage IV Drought

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (the District) officially declared Stage IV Exceptional Drought on December 14, 2023 for the first time in their 36-year history. Stage IV declaration restrictions will take effect on January 1,