Imagine sitting on the edge of a spring-fed pool with your feet dangling in the ice cold water on a hot summer’s day. That vision might become a reality of the past.
Caretakers of San Marcos, Comal, and Jacob’s Well springs are struggling to protect sources of the spring-fed streams while allowing the cooling relief to the thousands of Texan toes yearning to be free.
“All of our rivers and streams are spring-fed,” says Sharlene Leurig, director of the Texas Environmental Flows Project. “Groundwater is a finite resource.”
The primary threat to our springs is the unregulated groundwater pumping, says Andrew Sansom, executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos. “All of our Hill Country springs are at risk.” …Read more from the Austin Chronicle