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Now is the time to stand against directly discharging wastewater effluent into our creeks. High levels of nutrients cause algae blooms making water unfit for aquatic life and threatening human health. This practice poses serious risks to our wells, aquifers, springs, and creeks as well as property values, fish and wildlife, and our Hill Country’s economic future.

Attend the Kick-off Party
When: February 1st 5:30 pm
(Program at 6 pm)
Where:  Patagonia Store (316 Congress Ave, Austin)

Grab a beer, learn about the BIGGEST threat to our creeks and aquifer, and sign the petition.
Join Save Barton Creek Association, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Clean Water Action, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance and the local Patagonia store for a kick-off event in our campaign against sewage pollution of Hill Country creeks and the Edwards Aquifer.

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Onion Creek Dye Trace Studies Confirm Surface and Groundwater Interaction

Scientists with Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, City of Austin, and The Meadows Center recently completed a dye trace study of the Upper Onion Creek Watershed. Initial results show that water from Onion Creek flows rapidly into shallow springs and, more importantly, the Middle Trinity Aquifer. All the more reason for #NoDrippingSewage! 

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Watershed Walks at Jacob's Well Natural Area Resume This Spring

The Watershed Walks focus on the geology, stream characteristics, and groundwater flow along Cypress Creek at the Jacobs Well Natural Area (JWNA). These are the forces which shaped Hays Co. and the Hill Country. The JWNA will offer watershed walks to both the Public and Master Naturalists once a month from February to May 2018.

2018 Schedule
February 16 - Friday 10:00-11:30a
March 17 - Saturday 10:00-11:30a
April 28 - Saturday 10:00-11:30a
May 19 - Saturday 10:00-11:30a

Advance reservations for the Watershed walks are recommended. For more information or to make a reservation please contact Tom Jones via text (281-380-2802) or email.

Growing with Jacob's Well Community Gardeners

It's been a busy year for Jacob's Well Community Garden growing wholesome produce!​ With 24 community beds and 3 beds dedicated to growing produce for Crisis Breadbasket, who received 370 pounds of veggies and herbs, 2017 was a bountiful year. They have also recently entered into an agreement with Indigo Brew coffee shop in Wimberley to pick up organic waste for use in their compost bins.

"We are so very lucky to have this facility to practice our hobby and our craft, and we are very thankful to Wimberley Watershed for carving out a space and providing it to us to use!" –Dave Boyd JWCG Coordinator

Master Naturalist Projects Activate Jacob's Well Natural Area

Thanks to Master Naturalist volunteers and County staff, Jacob’s Well Natural Area saw many improvements in 2017 for both the Jacob’s Well Nature Center (JWNC) and surround­ing area, providing a much richer ex­perience for visitors. The Center has been painted and refreshed with new photos and exhibits and a continuously playing video showing features and con­ditions within the well. The Resto­ration Rangers and staff have cleaned out the landscaping around the building, refurbished the keyhole garden, and installed a rain garden that absorbs overflow from the rainwater harvesting cisterns.

These features assist the Jacob’s Well Interpretive Guides (JWIGs) with interpretation of the site and demonstrat­ion of water conservation techniques. Without the Nature Center, displays, videos and enthusiastic volunteers, many visitors would miss the stories about Jacob’s Well and its importance to the Wimberley Valley and beyond.

Kudos to Our Partners for Sparking Conservation Conversations in Comal County

The Hill Country Alliance, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and League of Women Voters have worked for the past year to engage Comal County residents and leaders in conversations about land conservation. Through a conference, panel discussions, and public meetings they've got Comal County talking about the importance of preserving open space in the context of rapid population growth. Read more at Community Impact New Braunfels...

Recovering America's Wildlife Act

Earth is in the midst of a shuddering, a crisis. Since all of us are a part of Earth, we are part of Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or are vulnerable. Habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather have all taken a severe toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and bees. All types of wildlife are declining—in many cases dramatically. We need urgent action to protect vulnerable wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need. Read more from the National Wildlife Federation...

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PO Box 2534
Wimberley, Texas 78676
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