Focusing on land, water, and connection, the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) works to ensure that communities are aware of their connection and responsibilities to the watershed and are supported in implementing land and water policies and practices that will ensure ecological sustainability for generations.

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

WVWA has been working since 1996 to keep Jacob’s Well, the headwaters of Cypress Creek, clean, clear, and flowing for generations to come.

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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November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Deadline extended for submissions for the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition. Submit ideas and concept examples by Sept. 1, 2021. Selected artists will get a $1,000 commission to turn their art into a kite for exhibition at the Austin Central Library and at kite festivals. Help raise awareness of Texas' iconic springs through art! The Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition is a collaboration between Sky Wind World, Inc and Wimberley Valley Watershed Association. Timeline:Sept 1 2021: Entry Submission DeadlineSept 2021: Jurors’ ConsiderationOct 1 2021: Announcement of Selected EntriesNov 1 2021: Completed Artwork DueNov 2021 to Mar 2022: Fabrication of “Sacred Springs” KitesMarch 26-27 2022: Austin Kite Festival “Sacred Springs On Strings”April 29-30 2022: Exhibition Installation at the Austin Central LibraryMay 1 2022: Patrons Preview, Jurors’ CommentaryMay 2 2022: Public Exhibition OpeningSept 30 2022: Exhibition De-installation unless the exhibit is extendedAug 2022 to Dec 2023: Traveling ExhibitionAfter 2023: Periodic Exhibitions, Coordinated EventsDetails: wimberleywatershed.org/impactareas/art4water/#art, #artkites, #texasartist, #ValueWater ... See MoreSee Less
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Karst aquifers recharge quickly. The caves and sinkholes at the surface provide direct access to the groundwater system below. This is beneficial in that groundwater storage and water levels recover during wet periods. But rapid recharge can also carry contaminants from the surface into the groundwater system. In karst landscapes like the Hill Country, what happens at the surface directly affects water quality below.Nitrate/nitrite and bacteria screening are good indicators of a well’s surface connection, since they’re not naturally found in the aquifer systems. Nitrate and nitrite would come from fertilizers, livestock, wildlife, or septic systems. And bacteria—especially E. Coli bacteria, come from the gut (or digestive system) of a warm-blooded animal. The EPA and many groundwater districts suggest that well owners test their well systems annually to ensure water is safe to drink. Well owner resources, links to treatment system options, and water quality testing options are available at: wimberleywatershed.org/impactareas/education-and-outreach/home-owner-resources/#DeepInTheKarstofTexas #Karst #KarstRocks #KarstAndWaterQuality #IYCK2021Find out more at: wimberleywatershed.org/impactareas/education-and-outreach/karst/And from the Friends of Karst: Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, TESPA, Jacob's Well, Save Barton Creek Association, Greater Edwards Aquifer, Hill Country Alliance, Comal County Conservation Alliance, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD), Environmental Science Institute, San Marcos River Foundation, Soil For Water, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, Texas Speleological Survey, National Cave and Karst Research Institute, Friends of Blue Hole ... See MoreSee Less
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Isn't this a cool well house?!! This week, we visited over 20 wells in the Burnett Ranches and Fischer areas. We've been able to get water levels at the grand majority of the wells! Next Wednesday, there are slots open for Area 4: Fischer, RR 32, Horton Preiss. On Thursday, August 5, there are a few slots remaining for Area 3: Mustang Valley, Fischer Store Road. All slots are full for Area 2. In these 3 weeks of sampling, we anticipate visiting over 50 wells and will have an incredible amount of water level and water quality data to help document area-wide groundwater conditions. Wimberley Valley Watershed Association is proud to partner with Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and the Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District to bring this service to our well owners!Please sign up (if your in the area with a slot and interested) or pass along to neighbors living in the Fischer, Fischer Store Rd, or Mustang Valley neighbors. wimberleywatershed.org/2021/06/24/neighborhoodsitevisits/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Many thanks to all the well owners that participated in yesterday's Burnett Ranches Neighborhood Site Visits. We were able to get 8 of 9 water level measurements, have great conversations with wonderful people, and answer a lot of questions about wells and our Hill Country #karst aquifers. These water level and water quality measurements will help develop a regional snapshot of groundwater conditions in the Middle and Lower Trinity Aquifers.Today Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, and Comal Trinity GCD will be in the Fischer area visiting wells and well owners along RR 32.Find out more about the program and/or check availability in your area through the sign-up: wimberleywatershed.org/2021/06/24/neighborhoodsitevisits/#DeepInTheKarstofTexas, #karstandwaterquality ... See MoreSee Less
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Sinkholes are aptly named karst features. They act like a natural sink with a basin and a drain below. Rainfall pools at the surface, and the water infiltrates and erodes away the rock below creating pathways for the water to flow underground. #IYCK2021 http://www.wimberleywatershed.org/karst

Texas is full of famous, infamous, and locally-known, wild caves. As recharge features and habitat, caves are an essential part of the Texas landscape. Technically, #karst features big enough for a human to enter are considered caves. http://www.wimberleywatershed.org/karst #IYCK2021

Excuse me, your aquifer is showing. Do you know what an aquifer is? Imagine this rock full of water… hundreds of feet below where you are standing (or sitting). Simply defined, an aquifer is a rock layer or group of rock layers that hold groundwater. https://wimberleywatershed.org/karst

Calling all artists! Elevate your art in the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibit... check this out!Every year, American Kitefliers Association selects a Grand National Champion. The winning kites are selected for their beauty, function, and creativity. Art4Water and Sky Wind World, Inc are hosting the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition to elevate awareness of Texas' springs. Artists can submit original artwork through the link below. Selected artwork will be turned into kites to be flown and displayed at Austin Public Library Central Campus in 2022. We hope the AKA Grand National Champion examples inspire art submissions!Visit wimberleywatershed.org/impactareas/art4water/ for project details, commission stipend, format, and entry requirements. Art submissions due by August 1, 2021. Water creates the most magical parts of our world. This is especially true for the Hill Country. We are seeking art that captures that magic. The art should be focused on water in all its forms and the life that springs from it and the efforts to preserve it. #CallForEntry #TexasWater #ValueWater #kite ... See MoreSee Less
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HB 4146 (by T. King), if passed, would prohibit wastewater discharge into our most pristine rivers and creeks across Texas, including those that recharge the Edwards Aquifer. The bill is set for a hearing with the House Environmental Regulations Committee today, April 12th at 2:00 PM Please register your support for HB 4146 by clicking the link below. A simple “I support passage of HB 4146” in the comment section provided is enough and only takes a minute. We hope you will take the time to do so by Monday afternoon. Go to: comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c260 then select "HB 4146 by King, Tracy O." to submit your online comment.Pristine waters--including many headwaters of Hill Country streams and rivers--deserve special protections. There are not many pristine waters left. Rep. Tracy King has been tapped as chair of House Natural Resources and is carrying several consequential bills, including the sweeping HB 4146 (SB 1747 Zaffirini) “Pristine Waters,” which identifies stream segments statewide that run clean and clear, and prohibit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from authorizing direct discharge of waste or pollutants into them. An estimated 2,000 miles across 44 stream segments would be protected, including the prized waters of the Texas Hill Country, among them Cypress Creek and the Blanco River. A hearing is Monday, Apr. 12 before the Environmental Regulation Committee. This one deserves special treatment--please consider submitting online comments in favor of this bill before or during the hearing. Here are lege details and how to submit comments: wimberleywatershed.org/2021/04/10/speak-for-water-at-the-capitol/#Waters ... See MoreSee Less
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