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WHAT’S IN A SIGN? You’ve probably seen those Edwards Aquifer signs as you’re driving around Austin. But what do they mean and why should you care? Principal Hydrogeologist Brian Smith explains how recharge works and why we all need to do our part to protect the Edwards Aquifer.
Watch video here: Edwards Aquifer Signs VIDEO
2022 Summer Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarship Essay/Art Contest
Application Deadline: March 23, 2022
The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District will offer several scholarships (overnight and day-camp options) to attend the 2022 Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Scholarships are open to children ages 9 through 16 who reside in one of the eight school districts which overlap the Aquifer District boundary (ELGIBLE ISD’s: Austin, Del Valle, Dripping Springs, Eanes, Hays, Lockhart, San Marcos, & Wimberley). Interested students must submit an application and a one-page essay entitled “Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!” Also include a one-page artwork that captures “Science and Outdoor Adventure.” As an example, artwork could include a drawing of river rafting, scuba diving, exploring a cave, fishing, or anything related to science and outdoor adventure. Artwork should be done on a separate page from the essay.
Please staple your essay/artwork to this application and mail/deliver documents to: Camp Scholarship Contest, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, 1124 Regal Row, Austin, TX 78748. You can also email your essay/artwork and application to email@example.com with the subject line “Camp Scholarship Contest”. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Scholarship winners will be chosen by a Board Committee. Only completed applications with essays/artwork will be eligible for the scholarship contest.
For more information on the camp, its activities, and registration, please visit https://www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp/session.html or download this Texas State Flyer: Texas State Flyer: Aquatic Adventure Information on Camps and Registration
a) The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Camp Scholarship program will provide:
• $1000 scholarship to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s Week-Long Overnight Expedition Camp
• $500 scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s 5-Day Aquatic Investigators and Explorer Camps
• $60 scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s Discovery Day Camps.
• For more information on the camp and its activities, please visit: https://www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp/session.html
b) Scholarship contest is open to children ages 9 through 16. Students must reside in one of the eight school districts within the District boundaries. These school districts are: Austin, Del Valle, Dripping Springs, Eanes, Hays Consolidated, Lockhart, San Marcos Consolidated, and Wimberley.
c) Students must attend a public, private, or other accredited school located within the boundaries of those school districts. Home-schooled students living within these boundaries are also eligible.
d) Students who have previously been awarded a BSEACD Camp or Groundwater Essay Contest Scholarship are not eligible.
A completed application form that contains contestant’s name and contact information should accompany each essay/artwork entry. Essays/artwork must be completed by the applicant and address why the student would like to attend the camp and what they hope to learn/do while there. Artwork should capture “science and adventure.” Essays cannot be longer than one page. Artwork should be included on a separate page.
Applications and essays/artwork must be received in the office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The Board of Directors reserves the right to refuse distribution of funds if minimum guidelines are not satisfied.
Scholarship winners will be chosen on the basis of level of effort and creativity; only completed applications with essays/artwork will be eligible. Parents will be notified in April 2022 if their child’s name is chosen. District staff will arrange for the appropriate paperwork to be completed, and parents will be expected to provide registration materials in a timely fashion. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
The 2021 Central Texas summer has been noticeably mild, with temperatures in the Hill Country cooled by rainy and overcast days. This summer, Camp Mabry in Austin counted 31 days with measurable rain. That makes it the third rainiest summer when it comes to days of rainfall in the 123 years of record keeping. Between early June and Late September we received a rainfall total of 10.5 inches with July and August reporting above-average numbers.
Read more here: Drought and Aquifer Status Update – Oct. 22, 2021
The Aquifer Zone Newsletter – Fall 2021
Check out “The Aquifer Zone” Newsletter for Fall 2021.
In this issue:
- Drought and Aquifer Status Update
- Weather Station
- Buda ASR Pilot Test Permit
- General Manager Opening
- BSEACD Seeking Interim Director for Precinct 3
- How the District Protects Groundwater
- Science in 60 Seconds
- District Meetings
- New Instagram Channel
- Social Media Channels
- BSEACD Newsroom
Barton Springs and Lovelady Level Check – Oct. 20, 2021
Science in 60 Seconds: Downhole Video Cameras
In our latest “Science in 60 Seconds” segment we take a look at the District’s Downhole Video Cameras. Science in 60 Seconds: Downhole Video Cameras – VIDEO LINK
BSEACD Weather Station Now Online
BSEACD’s weather station is online! It contains information on daily and weekly rain amounts, winds, relative humidity, dew point, and soon it include soil moisture and solar radiation measurements. Staff Hydrogeologist Jeff Watson explains who weather station measurements help us learn more about the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers in the video link below.
You can also find the weather station link on the home page of our website at www.bseacd.org.
Aquifer District Lifts Drought Declaration, Reminds Permittees of Water Conservation Period; District Approves Changes to Rules & Bylaws
For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 8, 2021
For more information, contact: David Marino, Communications & Outreach Manager at (512) 282-8441 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the July 8 Board Meeting, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Board of Directors lifted the Stage II Drought Declaration and declared a No-Drought condition for the aquifers within the District, effective immediately. Since the beginning of 2021, the Hill Country – Edwards and Trinity Aquifer region has received a little over 18 inches of rainfall. Consistent small rain events in March and April raised soil-moisture content (amount of water present in the soil), priming the area for runoff conditions. Ten inches received in May and June – usually the two wettest months of the year – produced above-average rainfall, generating plenty of runoff to area creeks and much needed aquifer recharge. Barton Springs discharge has been above the Stage II alarm Drought threshold of 38 cfs (cubic feet per second) since May 1, 2021. The water level in the Lovelady Well crossed above its drought threshold of 478 ft msl (feet above mean sea level) on June 10, 2021. For the District to declare drought conditions, either Lovelady water levels or Barton Springs flow need to be below their respective drought thresholds. However, to exit a drought stage, both Barton Springs and Lovelady must rise above their respective drought trigger values. This latter requirement keeps the District from making multiple declarations about drought over short periods of time.
Although the District is now out of drought, Texas weather is hard to predict. Worst case scenario, without additional rain over the next couple of months, the District could return to Stage 2 Alarm Drought Status within 90 to 100 days. As a reminder, May through September is the District’s Water Conservation Period. Austin Water Utility restricts outdoor watering to no more than twice per week, and the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District initiates a voluntary 10% reduction in groundwater pumping by its permittees. Though the approaches are different, the goal is the same—to prolong water availability throughout the hottest and driest portion of the year. For more specifics on drought conditions please visit the District’s Drought Monitor blog here: http://droughtmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/07/spring-and-summer-2021-aquifer.html.
Additionally, at the July 8 Board Meeting, Directors approved changes to the District’s Rules & Bylaws. This includes changes to enforcement and penalties associated with over-pumping violations in times of drought.
The District encourages continued conservation, with July and August often being the hottest and driest times 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.
- Drought Media Tool-Kit: https://bseacd.org/drought-edu/
- Press Release archive: http://bseacd.org/publications/press-releases/
- Drought Status page: http://bseacd.org/aquifer-science/drought-status/
- Drought Management page: http://bseacd.org/regulatory/drought-management/
To view other BSEACD Press Releases please visit our Press Release Archive.
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Click the image below for the latest drought status. Here you will find the current stage of drought based on values from Barton Springs and Lovelady monitor well, the District’s two drought trigger sites.
Drought Resources/Media Kit
- View the Thursday, July 8 Aquifer District Lifts Drought Declaration, Reminds Permittees of Water Conservation Period; District Approves Changes to Rules & Bylaws PDF
- View the Drought Monitor Blog
- BSEACD Drought Trigger Methodology: Barton Springs Report (2013), and Middle Trinity Methodology Memo (2018)
- TWDB Texas Drought Monitor
- NOAA La Nina Info
- View the Drought Media Tool-Kit (Water Conservation Period)
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BSEACD Board Meetings
The next Board meeting will be on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
For a look at past agendas, please visit our Agendas & Backup page.
For media inquiries or questions, please contact Communications & Outreach Manager David Marino at email@example.com or at 512-282-8441 Ext. 120.