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How Much Water is in the Hill Country?

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Scientific measurements, conservation priorities, and strategic actions for the Texas Hill Country.

In 2014, a team of scientists at The Meadows Center set out to answer this seemingly simple question—how much water is in the Hill Country?

The conservation of the Hill Country’s water systems is not only important to protecting the diverse wildlife native to this area, but also to the growing population moving into the Hill Country. Since there are few regulations that can be placed on aquifer pumping, there is a very real possibility that unsustainable groundwater development and drought could endanger major springs that provide water to the major rivers in the Hill Country region.

What we ultimately need to know is will there be enough water for the future—for a growing population, for farmers and ranchers, for recreation, for wildlife, for downstream neighbors?

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