2021  ·  Wastewater

Assessment of Costs for Two Wastewater Disposal Strategies for the City of Blanco – Revised

Keith O’Connor, PE and Barney Austin, PhD, PE , Aqua Strategies

This memo is in response to the priorities identified by the Blanco Water Reclamation Task Force, a collaboration between the City of Blanco, Protect Our Blanco, and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Introduction: The City of Blanco (City) is currently treating a daily average... View

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  ·  Flow and Groundwater Levels, Legal/Policy

Five Gallons in a Ten Gallon Hat: Groundwater Sustainability in Texas

Robert Mace, Ph.D., Meadows Center for Water and The Environment

Despite the hopes and desires of scientists, engineers, and planners, the projected future of groundwater production in Texas is unsustainable. About 95 percent of locally-expressed desired future conditions are based on water-level declines, groundwater is currently being produced at 1.8 times the maximum sustainable amount,... View

2021  ·  One Water, Wastewater

One Water in the Texas Hill Country: Connecting the Community with Projects and Professionals

Sarah B. Faust, Faust Law PLLC | Katherine Romans, Hill Country Alliance | Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation

This guidebook is intended to connect Hill Country communities facing growth and increased demands for water with water professionals experienced with One Water strategies, planning, implementation, design and construction. We interviewed engineers, architects, planners and landscape designers to gain insight into the realities of One... 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