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BSEACD Report of Investigations 2001-0801



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Publication Date

January 2001


PREFACE This report is a reprint of a portion of a report titled: "Water Quality and Flow Loss Study of the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer, Southern Travis and Northern Hays Counties" completed in August 2001. The original report addressed three main topics including: water levels, flow loss, and water quality. This report is a reproduction of the information pertaining to the water quality portion only. Text, tables, and figures pertaining to the water quality investigation are generally the same as in the original 2001 report. Changes to the original report include the addition of an abstract, reformatting of the Introduction, and corrections to well numbers and figures. Although the original report was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC), now the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ), to satisfy grant requirements, the report had very little distribution. Accordingly, the motivation for publishing the water quality chapter of this report in 2009 is to broadly distribute the information that was a baseline study of the water quality in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD or District) is a groundwater conservation district created by the Texas State Legislature in 1987 with a mandate to conserve, protect, and enhance the groundwater resources of the Barton Spring segment of the Edwards Aquifer. The District has the power and authority to undertake various studies and to implement structural facilities and non-structural programs to achieve its statutory mandate. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319h grant for nonpoint source pollution was awarded to the BSEACD through the TNRCC (contract No. 905900). The grant provided $157,150 in funds to conduct a hydrogeological and water quality assessment. A Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) was prepared for the study and was approved by TNRCC and EPA in June 2001. BSEACD contributions include: General supervision by Dr. Stovy L. Bowlin, BSEACD General Manager of the District; Dr. Brian A. Smith, Senior Hydrogeologist/Project Manager; Brian B. Hunt, Hydrogeologist; Beckie J. Morris, Hydrogeologist; Stefani R. Helmcamp, Hydrogeologic Technician; C. Clover Clamons, Planner/Quality Assurance Officer; Shu Liang, Information Systems Program Manager; Jason L.West, GIS Technician; Mark E. Mathis, Environmental Analyst; Joseph A. Beery, Education Technician; Tammy A. Flow, Administrative Assistant; Meredith Laird, Summer Intern. Nico M. Hauwert, COA Hydrogeologist prepared the initial plan for this study and together with David Johns, COA Hydrogeologist, contributed the flow loss chapter of the 2001 report. The District would like to thank all well owners and water system managers that allowed District access for sampling and water-level measurements. Also, the District would like to thank the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), and the City of Austin (COA) for providing historical water quality data. Open Access - Permission by Publisher See Extended description for more information.


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