Is Austin going to run out of water?

On an unseasonably warm day in 2023, conservationist Robert Mace looked down into the clear spring waters near San Marcos and saw signs of trouble. As executive director at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, he spends his days studying the ecology south...

Hill Country water quality: Challenges and solutions

From supporting a vibrant recreation-based economy, to sustaining our drinking water supplies, clean and clear rivers are the heart of the Hill Country. They have drawn people to the region for centuries. The recent decade of explosive growth and development has...

Groundwater feeds creeks and imagination

Paul Babb chronicles his life by rivers. Born just south of the Red River, Babb recalls touchstone encounters with the Red before his family moved to the Brazos and later to the Sabine in East Texas. He has called the rivers of the Texas Hill Country home for more...

Why Austinites should embrace a ‘summer blonde’ lawn during a drought

Spring is practically upon us, meaning it’s just about time to clear out the flowerbeds and start planning the year’s garden. But with increasingly unpredictable rainfall and extended droughts, it may be worth considering plants with lower water needs —...

Texas springs in crisis: New study highlights overwhelming increase in dry springs

New research from The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University uncovers a concerning decline in the state’s groundwater resources, finding that the number of dry springs has nearly tripled since the early 1980s. Co-authored by Robert E....