National Geographic presents this short film showcase. J. David Bamberger discusses the restoration of Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve from director Ben Masters. “My objective was to find the worst piece of land I could possibly find in the Hill Country of Texas and begin a process of restoration that would change it back to be one of the best, and that has happened right here. By habitat restoration. By working with Mother Nature instead of against her.”
Articles and Studies
By: John Ashworth, LBG- Guyton Associates
An in depth view of the Trinity Aquifer during normal conditions, drought, and flood.
By: The Nature Conservancy
In a region the Conservancy calls the Bandera Canyonlands in the western Hill Country, crystal-clear water flows from numerous springs and seeps originating from the geologic seam separating the porous Edwards limestone from the dense Upper Glen Rose formation. These perennial, life-giving waters etch through deep, cool canyons, enabling a wide variety of Texas native plants and wildlife to flourish on the Edwards Plateau.
By: No Land No Water
When it rains in Texas, it falls predominantly on a privately-owned farm, ranch or timberland. How that land is managed will have consequences for the future of Texas water.
That’s a cornerstone message of “No Land No Water,” a new public awareness campaign of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT). The campaign promotes conservation of private working lands is key to protecting the state’s water resources.
Maps and Diagrams
Review retrieve detailed water quality information collected by volunteer monitors for the State of Texas. Zoom in to access water quality data for Cypress Creek.
Because changes in forest succession can take decades, few long-term, direct studies of vegetation change are available. Take advantage of this study.
This Central Texas Wetland Plants is a collection of institutional knowledge and photos taken in and around the Austin area. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to be used as a supplement to other resources when identifying plants in Central Texas.
The state of Texas has 191,000 miles of natural waterways with riparian areas— the green vegetation zones along streams, rivers and lakes—that collectively provide great economic, social, cultural and environmental value to the state.
Rainwater Harvesting in Texas
HEALTH & SAFETY § 341.042. Standards for Harvested Rainwater
Those with existing systems can apply for a property tax exemption through Hays County by completing and submitting a series of forms including the Hays County Application for Rainwater Harvesting Incentive Form, the Hays Central Appraisal District Application for Water Conservation Initiatives Property Tax Exemption form 50-2070, and the Hays CAD Supplemental Rainwater Application. The property tax exemption application is due by May 1.
Practices of rainwater harvesting in the world can be dated back to 2000 B.C. Learn all about what you can do with rainwater harvesting today.