WVWA #AmplifyATX Goals, Ongoing Restoration at The Cypress Creek Nature Preserve, Soil for Water Workshop, Texas Water Challenge Video, and more!

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To continue our efforts to sustain and restore Cypress Creek and Jacob's Well, we aim to conserve an additional 300 acres in the Jacob's Well recharge zone in 2018!

Help us raise $5,000 on #AmplifyATX 24 hour giving day, March 1-2.
A matching gift will be given for every donation received up to $2500!

In addition to conserving key lands in the recharge zone, we are committed to expanding and deepening our local and regional impact through building community awareness and expanding our environmental education and youth in nature programs. Specific 2018 programming includes hosting a series of workshops to engage the community in the implementation of the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan, the Art of the Sacred Texas Springs Earth Day Celebration and Farm to Table Community gatherings at Jacob's Well.

Master Naturalists and Cypress Creek Nature Preservers Volunteer Workday

A small team of Master Naturalists was joined by some of the Cypress Creek Nature Preservers the morning of Thursday  February 8th to prepare the Nature Trail for upcoming High School biology field trips. The work involved repositioning logs and brush to create clearly marked access observation stations along the creek while protecting the sensitive stream bank. The energetic group made significant improvements in a short period of time. This effort marks the second phase of riparian recovery in the Preserve following a successful first phase that limited creek access to allow for re-vegetation of the bank. A variety of plants have returned to the bank and will help keep the soil in place.  Read more...

Free Soil for Water Workshop Sat, Mar 3rd, 9AM-4PM

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Cypress Creek Partnership offer this great opportunity learn about the relationship between upland and riparian ecosystems and how to monitor soil health across the Cypress Creek watershed.

Workshop presentations will educate participants about riparian and watershed processes with riparian expert Steve Nelle, the benefits of healthy upland areas and management practices with regenerative rancher Jonathan Cobb, and how proper management of these two interconnected ecosystems can build soil health and increase watershed function with grazing expert Peggy Sechrist.

The morning session will be at the Wimberley Community Center in Johnson Hall (14068 Ranch Road 12). The afternoon session will include a tour of the uplands and riparian areas in the Jacobs Well Natural Area (1699 Mt. Sharp Road ). Attendees are encouraged to bring water, good walking shoes and a sack lunch.

Seating is limited, so register soon!

Blue Hole Swimming Reservation System Opens March 1

Blue Hole is moving to a reservation system similar to the system at the Jacob's Well. Parks Board and Staff made the switch to uphold their mission, "To protect, restore, and develop Blue Hole Regional Park as a recreational, educational, and ecological resource for present and future generations." For swim season dates and more information about park amenities and programs, including special "Wimberley Nights" discounts, read more here.

The Texas Water Roundtable Premieres "Texas Water Challenges" Short Films

The series of five ten-minute films covers contemporary water issues impacting Texas: water pricing and economics, new water, surface/groundwater coordination, water education and Texas water challenges overview. These educational videos provide insights from water leaders across the state and offer direction for policy makers and business leaders to meet the growing demand for water. 

Watch the first in the series here.

Know the Facts about Texas Water Law

Texas Water Law is not the easiest thing to understand, but it's important for property owners to know their rights and limitations. Educating yourself and others can not only help you protect those rights but also empower you to advocate for sensible reform where it's needed. Read "The Basics of Texas Water Law" by Agrilife Extension Assistant Professor Tiffany Dowell Lashmet to learn more.

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