Nick Dornak, Watershed Services Program Director with The Meadows Center at Texas State University, discusses efforts to keep the Cypress Creek watershed pristine by building water collection systems, monitoring fecal coliform levels, and much, much more. Dornak gave his presentation at meeting of the Wimberley Lions in Wimberley, Texas on September 5, 2018.
"I decided to bring the GoPro with me while collecting water quality samples this week. The weather was spectacular and I wanted to share the things I see while monitoring 10 sites throughout the UCC Watershed. All of the springs are flowing along the Cibolo and its tributaries, meaning now is a great time to enjoy our clear, flowing streams"- Ryan Bass...see video below
The public is encouraged to attend, participate, and make suggestions on how the City of Wimberley can better serve the community. Additional Town Hall Meetings are scheduled for:
November 17, 2015
February 16, 2016
May 17, 2016
For more information regarding the meetings and other activities of the City of Wimberley, call City Hall at (512)847-0025 or visit the City's website www.cityofwimberley.com - See more at: http://www.wimberley.org/events/events-calendar?task=view_event&event_id=2501#sthash.6WcLKuKA.dpuf
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Wimberley Community Center - See more at: http://www.wimberley.org/events/events-calendar?task=view_event&event_id=2501#sthash.6WcLKuKA.dpuf
From Elizabeth Smith, Edwards Aquifer Authority
San Antonio, Aug. 14, 2012
A new website and video developed by the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) help explain the purpose and goals of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP), which is currently under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The website www.eahcp.org went live August 3, 2012, and features helpful background information on the development of the EAHCP, its history, mission and goals, including a new informational video.
The EAHCP is designed to protect various species listed as threatened or endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act and whose only known habitats are the aquifer-fed Comal and San Marcos springs ecosystems. If the USFWS approves the EAHCP, it will result in the issuance of an incidental take permit that will protect Edwards groundwater users from liability in the event incidental harm due to aquifer use comes to the threatened or endangered species protected by the Endangered Species Act. USFWS could approve the EAHCP by the end of 2012.
For more information or to view the video, go to www.eahcp.org.
You can find it in PDF form at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_t3200_003_8_12.pdf.
To view archived editions of the newsletter, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/wetland/publications/tx_wetland_newsletter.phtml.
This YouTube PSA was put out in September 2011, but still applies today. While we may have seen some rain this spring, Texas remains in drought. For those of you who planted new trees on Arbor Day, these tree watering tips may help you keep them healthy. See the video posted below, or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciEjYvwwQZs.
Check out these fact-sheets on how Urban Forests Protect Water Resources (PDF) and Effects of Drought Stress on Trees & Landscape Plants (site).
Healthy intact watersheds provide many ecosystem services that are necessary for our social and economic well-being. These services include water filtration and storage, air filtration, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, soil formation, recreation, food and timber. Many of these services have not been monetized and therefore the economic contributions of healthy intact ecosystems are often under-valued when making land use decisions.
Preventing impairments in healthy watersheds protects valuable ecosystem services that provide economic benefits to society and prevent expensive replacement and restoration costs. Maintaining riparian connectivity and natural processes in the landscape provide a supporting network for ecological integrity, ensuring the sustainable and cost effective provision of clean water over time.
Check out more information on this handy, downloadable & printable fact sheet from the EPA, "The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds" (PDF). Included are interesting facts on costs of mitigation, benefits to communities, property values, and average treatment costs. Also be sure to check out the EPA's website on Healthy Watersheds here.