2021  ·  Wastewater

Blanco TPDES Refinement Study

Barney Austin, Ph.D., P.E., Aqua Strategies, KIT, Blue Creek Consulting, LLC, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

The Blanco Water Reclamation Task Force commissioned the Blanco TPDES Refinement Study report by Aqua Strategies, KIT, and Blue Creek Consulting as a way to investigate alternatives to direct discharge of wastewater into the Blanco River.  Their report was published through the Meadows Center for... View

2021  ·  Species and Habitat

Stygobromus bakeri, a new species of groundwater amphipod (Amphipoda, Crangonyctidae) associated with the Trinity and Edwards aquifers of central Texas, USA

Randy Gibson, Benjamin T. Hutchins, Jean K. Krejca, Peter H. Diaz, and Peter S. Sprouse, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, Texas State University; Zara Environmental, LLC

A new stygobitic groundwater amphipod species, Stygobromus bakeri sp. nov., is described from 4 central Texas limestone karst springs; John Knox Spring (Comal County), Jacob’s Well (Hays County), Mormon Spring (Travis County) and Salado Springs (Bell County). This species belongs to the predominately western Nearctic... View

2020  ·  Wastewater, Water Quality

Bioassessment of four Hill Country streams threatened by proposed municipal wastewater discharges

Dr. Ryan S. King and Dr. Jeffrey A. Back, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX

The investigators were charged with completing a comprehensive biological assessment of four (4) Hill Country streams that were subject to permit applications for wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent discharges. The four streams included Onion Creek, Blanco River, Honey Creek, and Barton Creek. Sampling occurred during... View

2020  ·  One Water, Wastewater

Blanco Comparison of Centralized vs. Decentralized Wastewater System Costs

David Venhuizen, P.E.

A report, dated January 2, 2020, titled “City of Blanco, Preliminary Investigations and Report, Wastewater Collection System Improvements for Proposed Service Area” was submitted by Smith Turrieta Engineering. Protect Our Blanco (POB) requested a review of that report and an analysis of the facilities that would...

2020  ·  Wastewater

City of Blanco: Wastewater Collection System Improvements for Proposed Service Area

Susan Smith Turrieta, PE, Smith Turrieta Engineering

This Preliminary Investigations and Report (technical memorandum) has been prepared to identify future wastewater flows and infrastructure needs within the proposed service area outlined in Exhibit A. This memorandum focuses on the development south of Blanco River and does not include land use assumptions or... View

2020  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management, Legal/Policy, One Water, Wastewater, Water Quality

Ensuring One Water Delivers for Healthy Waterways: A Framework for Incorporating Healthy Waterways into One Water Plans and Projects

Jennifer Walker, Myron Hess, Carrie Thompson, Sarah Diringer, Texas Living Waters Collaboration

The One Water approach offers tremendous opportunities for improving how water is managed within communities. Using water efficiently and taking advantage of diverse, locally available water supplies are important goals. It is also important that the approach support communities in assessing how their water use... View

2020  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management, Water Quality

Hydrogeologic Atlas of Southwest Travis County Central Texas

Hunt, B.B., Cockrell, L.P., Gary, R.H., Vay, J.M., Kennedy, V., Smith, B.A., and Camp, J.P., Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and Travis County

This study presents a compilation of existing and new hydrogeologic data in the form of a hydrogeologic atlas with accompanying digital datasets intended to improve the collective understanding of groundwater resources in Southwest Travis County (SWTC). The study was a collaboration between the Barton Springs/... View

2020  ·  Legal/Policy, Wastewater, Water Quality

Pristine to Polluted: Sewage Problems & Solutions in the Texas Hill Country

Brian Zabcik, Nathan Wilton, Angela Richter, and Clark Hancock, Save Barton Creek Association

The Hill Country has always been one of the most treasured parts of our state, both by the residents who live there and by the Texans who visit it for recreation. The region’s allure lies not just in its unique terrain, but in its waterways.... View

2019  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management

Evaluation for the Development of a Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone in Hays County, Texas

Marcus Gary, Brian Hunt, Brian Smith, Jeffery Watson, and Douglas Wierman, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (District) is charged with managing the groundwater resources within its jurisdictional boundaries. In recognition of the importance of maintaining springflow from Jacob’s Well, the District’s Board of Directors formed a technical committee of groundwater scientists tasked with evaluating hydrogeologic... View

2019  ·  One Water, Wastewater

Preferred Wastewater Systems for the Texas Hill Country and Over the Edwards Aquifer: Economic and Environmental Considerations

Susan Parten, PE, Community Environmental Services, Inc.

The Texas Hill Country is blessed with incredible charm and aesthetic appeal; Its natural environment including creeks, rivers, and springs are a central draw. Many Hill Country residents rely on wells for their drinking water and livelihoods. Creeks and springs serve as important recreational hubs,...