The Water Protectors Fund protects our aquifers, springs, creeks, rivers – and the sole source of drinking water for thousands of people by financing critical science, education, advocacy, and legal initiatives in the Hill Country.  Click the banner to find out more and get involved.

The Watershed Association is a non-profit organization located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, born out of a love for water.

Founded in 1996, the Watershed Association has been working to protect water through land conservation and education across the Hill Country.

Our vision is to create a greater understanding community-wide of the many benefits that flow from a respectful relationship with the land: human health, ecological health, economic sustainability, enriched community life, and the renewal of the human spirit.

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Thu 11
Tue 16

Hays County Commissioners Court

August 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 18

Wimberley City Council Meeting

August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 23

Hays County Commissioners Court

August 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 25

Wimberley City Council Meeting

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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No flow from Jacob's Well means low to no flow in Cypress Creek, which causes water quality problems. Blue Hole announced today that swimming is suspended until conditions improve. ... See MoreSee Less
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This is how zero flow looks at Jacob's Well. Drought and groundwater pumping are severely affecting aquifers. The water level declines in the Middle Trinity Aquifer, the source aquifer for Jacob's Well and a major water supply for the surrounding community, have caused Jacob's Well to stop flowing. It's hauntingly beautiful. Still. We need rain.The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Stage 3 Drought Declaration requires a 30% reduction in pumping to preserve remaining groundwater supplies. Home owners, whether on wells or served by water utilities, should reduce non-essential water use and conserve water. An Emergency Drought declaration with 40% reduction in pumping is likely in the coming weeks. These reductions will help extend existing supplies until wet weather can provide runoff and recharge to replenish groundwater systems. ... See MoreSee Less
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Throughout the day, flow at Jacob's Well is dropping to zero. When pumping subsides, a trickle of flow is visible coming from the spring. Drought and groundwater use are definitely impacting Jacob's Well and Cypress Creek.Jacob's Well Natural Area has some unfortunate news to share. The U.S. Geologic Survey measured a zero cfs discharge from Jacob's Well in recent days. This means that Jacob's Well has officially ceased flowing for the 4th time in recorded history. This situation is cause for concern and is the result of ongoing drought and increased levels of groundwater pumping. Swimming remains canceled to the public for the foreseeable future, however, the park is still open daily for hiking and viewing the spring. References: USGS (waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?08170990) NOAA (www.drought.gov/states/texas) ... See MoreSee Less
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HTGCD measured water levels in Burnett Ranches near Wimberley yesterday. We helped. Water levels are 6-7 feet lower in the Middle Trinity Aquifer and 15-20 feet lower in the Lower Trinity Aquifer wells.
https://wimberleywatershed.org/2022/08/01/trinity-aquifer-water-level-changes/

Interesting discussion of Jacob's Well & interview with a water hauler.
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/drought-restrictions-may-soon-worsen-in-the-hill-country/

2 months ago

The Texas Brewshed Alliance
We believe in action and that’s what we’re here for! Every small action has a ripple effect. Every vote counts, every drop matters. All we can do is attempt to make changes to the world around us for the better. Tides are shifting around us but it’s critical to remain empowered to take action even when it can feel daunting. -Sending love to each wonderful soul that came out to our pilot event a beer release yesterday. 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

The Texas Brewshed Alliance
We’re so excited for the release of Ripple IPA tomorrow at @nomadicbeerworks !! Come say hi and talk about water at the release party! The party will be from 2-7pm in their wonderful brewery, which you’ve got to check out if you haven’t yet. We can’t wait to see you there! A portion of the proceeds from Ripple will benefit us, @texas_brewshed_alliance in order to help Texas breweries reduce their water footprint. 💦💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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Learn how @Nomadic Beerworks contributes to responsible water management through various methods and initiatives throughout their entire beer production process!🍺 FRIDAY🍺 We’re making waves for the The Texas Brewshed Alliance with our newest IPA release, “RIPPLE”💧.We collaborated to further their efforts to ensure cleaner water for Texans, through water management & land conservation. .As a brewery, we have implemented water recapture techniques to reuse water at multiple stages in brewing and we have agreed to let a group of PhD students, working for the Brewshed Alliance, use our facility for research..In order to highlight how ingredient selection also can play a role in water conservation, Ripple IPA highlights the Neomexicanus hops, a native drought tolerant species which requires less watering and has a very pleasant fruit and spice note. .It’s a drop in the bucket, but we believe enough small ripple can create a big wave 🌊 🍻#atxbeer #beerstoabetterworld #conservation ... See MoreSee Less
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