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Texas Springs
Protection, Restoration and Stewardship

Conference: March 30, 2007 in Austin, Texas
This year, Environmental Defense focused its annual water conference on some of our states most precious and at-risk water resources: our springs.

As our state's population and its accompanying water demands grow, it will become increasingly essential that we manage our groundwater resources soundly. Nowhere is this necessity more evident than with our springs. With the majority of our states springs located on private property, the role of steward, caretaker and advocate, fall to the landowner and the local community. At the conference, we heard discussions on:

  • The history and diversity of Texas springs
  • Florida's efforts to protect their springs through the Florida Springs Initiative
  • Regional and state-level groundwater management efforts and how these affect springflows
  • Testimonials from spring owners on how they've built relationships for protection and managed their land to restore and enhance flows
  • Tools and financial resources available to Landowners to protect and restore springflows
Conference Agenda
Please click here for the conference agenda.

Conference Presentations and Audio Files
Click below to view the presentations and hear the discussions from the conference.

Welcome Remarks
A Cross Section of Texas Springs
Lessons from the Florida Springs Initiative
Groundwater Management and Springflow Protection
  • Edward (Ted) Angle, Geologist, Groundwater Resources Division, Texas Water Development Board
    State's Role
    - PDF Presentation
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 3.95 mb)

  • Caroline Runge, Manager, Menard County Underground Water District
    Groundwater Conservation District's Role
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 4.75 mb)

Landowner Successes
  • Linda Campbell, Program Director, Private Lands and Public Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
    Landowner Successes
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 0.48 mb)

  • David Baker, Executive Director, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
    Building Relationships for Protection: Jacob's Well
    - PDF Presentation (coming soon)

  • Ryland Howard, Co-Owner, Head of the River Ranch; Sr. Vice President, Financial Management Group, Frost National Bank
    Spring Preservation and Restoration Efforts
    - PDF Presentation (PDF, 2.56 mb)
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 2.97)

  • Bob Petersen, Kendall County Landowner
    Taking Stewardship to the Next Level, Finding Value in Springs
    - PDF Presentation (PDF, 4.24 mb)
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 1.99 mb)

  • Question and Answer Session
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 0.79mb)

Tools and Financial Resources Available to Landowners
  • Dennis Thomas, Coordinator, Central Texas Resource Conservation and Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service
    - PDF Presentation (PDF, 1.14 mb)
    - Audio Presentation (MP3, 1.78 mb)

Case Study: Springs of the Edwards Aquifer