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  ·  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,...

2015  ·  Groundwater Management, Legal/Policy

Toward a Regional Plan for the Texas Hill Country

Community and Regional Planning, Hill Country Studio, The University of Texas at Austin

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) presented The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA) with their collaborative strategy and draft vision for the Texas Hill Country. The Alliance asked UTSOA to use fresh eyes and planning expertise to provide new ideas and strategies... View

2014  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Groundwater Management, Water Quality

Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan

, Meadows Center for Water and The Environment

The Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan is the result of a six-year collaboration between numerous groups and individuals. Each have played an important role in the Cypress Creek Project and its planning, activities, and garnering support from the community. While proper recognition of every person... View

2013  ·  Water Quality

Assessment of the economic contribution of Cypress Creek to the economy of Wimberley

Meredith Miller, Laura Parchman, Stacy Bray, Emily Warren and Susan Roberts, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

The Understanding Hill Country Water Resources research effort began in 2011 to improve our understanding of groundwater issues and, thus, support a sound basis for civic and stakeholder actions through: 1) an economic study of land valuations around a unique Hill Country creek; 2) a... View