No natural resource has greater significance for the future of Texas than water.
— Andrew Sansom


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.”


#DoYouKnowH2O? The San Marcos Springs ecosystem has some of the most environmental stability and flow reliability of any spring system in the Southwestern United States, attributing to water temperatures remaining at a nearly constant, year-round 70°F!


Articles and Studies

Hill County Trinity Aquifer and Its Surface Water Connection

By: John Ashworth, LBG- Guyton Associates

An in depth view of the Trinity Aquifer during normal conditions, drought, and flood.

Freshwater conservation is vital to the Bandera Canyonlands.

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.

No Land, No Water Campaign

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

Texas Stream Team Water Quality Data

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.

Educational Links

Two Decades of Vegetation Change on Terraces of a South Texas River

Because changes in forest succession can take decades, few long-term, direct studies of vegetation change are available. Take advantage of this study.


City of Austin’s Wetland Field Guide

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.

Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in 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

Rainwater Harvesting in the Texas Health and Safety Code

HEALTH & SAFETY § 341.042. Standards for Harvested Rainwater 


Hays County Rainwater Harvesting Incentive Program (property tax exemption)

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.


The Texas Manual of Rainwater Harvesting

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.