$2,500 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
DEADLINE APPROACHING!! APPLICATIONS DUE: TUES., MAR. 26
Each year, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, in collaboration with our permittees, offers scholarships for 2 different age groups. The District’s college scholarship is dedicated as a memorial scholarship honoring one of Austin’s most influential environmental planners, Kent Butler. The Kent S. Butler Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest increases the awareness of groundwater issues by rewarding high school students for high quality research and writing. The District’s summer camp scholarships send winning students (ages 9-15) to the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp through the Texas State Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center. Campers experience first hand how scuba diving, rafting, caving, and exploration are part of scientific discovery.
The District would like to thank the City of Austin, Texas Lehigh Cement Company, Centex, Creedmoor-Maha WSC, Goforth SUD, and Slaughter Creek Acres WSC for supporting this year’s scholarship program. It would not be such a success without these generous donations!
Applications for both scholarship programs are due the Tuesday after spring break–March 26, 2019. Apply now!
WELL WATER CHECK-UP
PRE-REGISTER AND PICK UP SAMPLE SUPPLIES NOW
The US EPA and many groundwater conservation districts (including the District) recommend that private water well owners test their well water annually for contaminants that can jeopardize the health of users, especially vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.
As a service to our well owners, the District will host the annual Well Water Check-up on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. On the coordinated sample day, District well owners can bring in their own well water sample, and the District will screen it for common contaminants including fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates, and high salinity.
The screening is available for the first 50 District well owners to pre-register and pick up supplies.
Well Water Check-up
LEAK DETECTION TRICKS
DID YOU KNOW?
10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
For well owners, leaks not only waste water, they can cause unnecessary wear on groundwater pumps and septic system components. The US EPA reports that the most common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. To help identify leaks, the District has toilet tank leak detection tablets available. Pick one up with your well water sample kit!
Leak Detection Tricks
PROPOSED KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE
RESOURCE PAGE: MAPS, PRESENTATIONS, REFERENCES
Kinder Morgan has proposed to build a natural gas pipeline that crosses known sensitive groundwater recharge and habitat areas within the District. The Board and staff are investigating potential impacts of the proposed pipeline to groundwater resources and endangered species habitat.
At the March 14 Board Meeting, Kinder Morgan officials presented an overview of the project, recent updates, and environmental considerations. The officials explained that Kinder Morgan will commit to limiting the pipeline to the transport of natural gas; they will contract a karst expert to perform a detailed karst survey; they will submit a required biological assessment to the US Fish and Wildlife; and they will develop a void response and mitigation plan, erosion control and revegetation plan, and stormwater pollution prevention plan.
After the presentation, questions focused on potential impacts to water resources and critical habitat during construction and operation of the pipeline. Given the sensitive nature of the potential pipeline alignment, the Directors passed a motion directing the General Manager to obtain copies of the plans and documents referenced in the presentation and during discussion and to seek answers on outstanding questions. The information request is available on the District’s Kinder Morgan Proposed Pipeline resource web page.
Proposed Pipeline Analysis
Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) is a tool more and more water suppliers are using to help meet customer demand during peak water use. When demand is low, water is banked underground, so it can be withdrawn later when water use increases. To be responsive to this emerging water supply strategy, the District is amending its rules. These rule changes are generally related to ASR definitions, permits, well construction standards, and maximum withdrawals for management zone and Saline Edwards DFC.
Notice of the rule changes was posted on February 28. A public hearing will be held at the Thursday, March 28 Board meeting. An overview presentation of the changes and proposed rule changes are available on the Rules Spotlight.
Proposed ASR Rules
UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS, MEETINGS & DEADLINES
Tues., Mar. 26: Scholarship Applications Due (details)
Thurs., Mar. 28: BSEACD Board Meeting and Public Hearing (details)
Mon., Apr. 1: Permittee Meter Readings Due (details)
Thurs., Apr. 11: BSEACD Board Meeting
Wed., Apr. 17: Well Water Checkup (details)
Thurs., Apr. 25: BSEACD Board Meeting
Wed., May 1: Permittee Meter Readings Due (details)
Thurs., May 9: BSEACD Board Meeting
Thurs., May 23: BSEACD Board Meeting
Mon., May 27: Office closed for Memorial Day