2014  ·  Groundwater Management

Historical timeline for the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association and the formation of Jacob’s Well Natural Area

Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

Jacob’s Well is a unique artesian spring that provides millions of gallons of fresh water to Cypress Creek that runs through the center of the historic square in Wimberley Texas, the City of Woodcreek, and the famous
Blue Hole swimming area. The Well is the second longest underwater cave in Texas and a one of kind geologic wonder.

When David Baker and his family moved to Jacob’s Well in the late 1980’s the spring and the land surrounding it was divided into over a hundred privately owned parcels. At that time, there were over 3600 platted lots above the Well in Woodcreek North. In the late 1990’s, development proposals were brought forward to a build a mobile home park and condos on top of the Well and revive a long forgotten plan for a second golf course development using water from the aquifer to water the course.

David saw the threat to Jacob’s Well and regional water resources and joined together with local landowners in December 1996 to form the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, a 501c3 non-profit, to protect Jacob’s Well, Cypress Creek and address the critical water issues of the region.

The WVWA works to create a greater understanding 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. By bringing awareness to the relationship between the natural environment and people, we seek to create partnerships and enlarge the impact of conservation, carrying it beyond the measure of acres and dollars to the measure of social and individual well-being.