Relics from the past tell us that this small piece of Central Texas has played a central role in the lives of thousands of humans since before the dawn of civilization.
The Barton Creek watershed is alive. Walk along Barton Creek and you’ll hear the calls of mourning doves and the rhythmic tapping of woodpeckers.
If you could peel away the tops of the hills in the Barton Creek recharge zone like the skin of an orange, you would find quite a few holes. The limestone beds that comprise the Edwards Aquifer are full of cavities carved over millions of years by underground rivers and streams.
Water in Barton Creek, the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs is becoming increasingly polluted. The water isn’t as clear as it used to be. More algae are growing in the streambed.
Even though an extensive set of laws and ordinances protects the natural resources of the Barton Creek watershed, it isn’t enough. Pollution is everyone’s problem. Ultimately, preserving Barton Creek requires that society as a whole change its habits and viewpoints. We can all look at the way we live and find ways to make small changes that will avoid or eliminate pollution.
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We’ve put together a helpful list of definitions for some of the terms used when talking about aquifers, springs, and water quality.
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