Morning Sessions, Field Workshops, and Activities
Talk 1-Intro to Hydrology and the Edwards Aquifer (Venue C Sponsored By SBCA)
10:00 Brian Hunt, P.G., Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
10:45 Brian Hunt, P.G., Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
11:30 Sylvia Pope, P.G., Austin Watershed Protection Department
Talk 2-Salamanders and Their Habitat (Venue A)
10:00 Nathan Bendik, M.S., Austin Watershed Protection Department
10:45 Nathan Bendik, M.S., Austin Watershed Protection Department
11:30 Laurie Dries, Ph.D., Conservation Biologist
Talk 3-Water Quality in the Barton Springs Watershed (Venue B)
10:00 Chris Herrington, P.E., Austin Watershed Protection Department
10:45 Lauren Ross, Ph.D., P.E., Glenrose Engineering
11:30 Lauren Ross, Ph.D., P.E., Glenrose Engineering
Talk 4-Central Texas Water Policy (Venue D)
10:00 Jennifer Walker, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
10:45 Sharlene Leurig, M.C.P., Texas Environmental Flows Initiative
11:30 Sharlene Leurig, M.C.P., Texas Environmental Flows Initiative
Water Quality Testing (sign up required) 10:00, 10:45, 11:30 am
Students will take water quality measurements from buckets of water from the Edwards Aquifer, the Trinity Aquifer, the Colorado River, and right out of Barton Springs itself. They will learn about the differences in water quality between seemly similar water from a hydrologically interconnected area. Due to the limited amount of equipment, only 25 students will be able to participate in this activity at a time, so sign-ups will be required for this activity. Email Heidi@sosalliance.org to sign up.
USGS Station 10:00, 10:45, 11:30 am
Students will be given a brief tour and introduction to the US Geological Survey’s Barton Springs monitoring station. They will learn what the USGS measures at this station and why these measurements matter.
Macroinvertebrate Collection (sign up required) 10:00, 10:45, 11:00 am
Students will sample and observe macroinvertebrates from buckets collected from Barton Creek. They will learn about the habitats and ecosystems of these organisms. Due to the limited amount of equipment, only 25 students will be able to participate in this activity at a time, so sign-ups will be required for this activity. Email Heidi@sosalliance.org to sign up.
Go Fish! Learn about Fishing in Texas (sign up required) 10:00, 10:45, 11:00 am
With Caleb Harris, M.S., Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Email Heidi@sosalliance.org to sign up.
Self-guided Pool Tour 8am – 7pm
Stations and markers will be set up around and in the pool and grounds for students to find and learn from. We will provide guide sheets for students to take notes on. Students will learn about the plants, animals, geology, and culture of Barton Springs. Tour sheets will be provided.
Lunch, Keynote, Acoustic Music and Swimming 12:15pm Venue A
“Get Eel Austin!: The Whole Truth About the Weirdest Fish In Town”
Dean Hendrickson, Ph.D., Curator, Ichthyology, Univ. of Texas Dept. of Integrative Biology. Meet at Venue A outside back gate.
Lunch: P. Terry’s: Purchase tickets at SOS tent outside back gate unless previously arranged with a teacher.
Afternoon Sessions, Field Workshops, and Activities
Understanding and Protecting Our Biodiversity Venue B
1:30 “Stress Response to Urbanization and Invasive Predators in Central Texas Salamanders”: Caitlin Gabor, Ph.D., Texas State University
2:15 “Cave Life in Texas”: Jean Krejca, Ph.D., Zara Environmental
3:00 “Evolutionary Refugia: Edwards Plateau Spring Systems”: Tim Bonner, Ph.D., Texas State University
Saving Central Texas Venue C (sponsored by SBCA)
1:30 “The Proposed Water Grid(zilla)”: Water Nightmare or Water Solution?? Ken Kramer, Ph.D Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club
2:15 “The traffic/water nexus: coordinating transportation and water policy”: Brigid Shea, Travis County Commissioner, and Bill Bunch, Exec. Director., Save Our Springs Alliance View Discussion Core
3:00 “Regional Visions for Central Texas”: Dianne Wassenich, San Marcos River Foundation and Britin Bostick, B.E.D., M.S.C.R.P., M.P.Aff., Stewardship Strategies
Saving Barton Springs Venue A
1:30 “Conserving Land in the Barton Springs Watershed”: Christy Muse, Shield Ranch, and others TBD
2:15 “Protecting Water Quality at Barton Springs”: Lauren Ross, Ph.D., P.E., Glenrose Engineering, and others TBD
3:00 “Securing Spring Flows in the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers”: John Dupnik, P.G., Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, and Kelly Davis, J.D., Save Our Springs Alliance
Landscape & Culture Venue D
1:30 "Texas Landscape Project" presentation and book signing: David Todd, Conservation History Association of Texas and Jonathan Ogren, Siglo Group
2:15 "The Four Fountain Springs of pre - Columbian , post colonial and contemporary iconography" Gary Perez, The custodian of the Native American Church Land Trust
Afternoon Break and Swimming 3:00-6:00pm
Evening Keynote 6pm
Keynote Venue A
"How do we do it?: Protecting our home waters as population doubles" Andy Sansom, Executive Director, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Live Music 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for live music on the South Hill with an award winning world music group ATASH and Mr. Habitat, Bill Oliver
Barton Springs 101
A session introducing you to the basic scientific and cultural aspects of Barton Springs will be on-going throughout the day near the front gate just outside the Splash! Exhibit.
Universities, non-profits, and other community groups will be set up at tables on the south side of the pool to share their visions for a sustainable central Texas.
Splash! Exhibit (9 am – 5pm)
The Splash! exhibit offers a fun and exciting learning experience deep inside a simulated limestone cave. Multimedia displays and interactive exhibits demonstrate how the aquifer was formed and how it maintains its average daily flow of 32 million gallons of water at Barton Springs. The endangered Barton Springs salamander and other native aquatic species on display illustrate the diversity of life dependent on the water quality of local springs, creeks and rivers. Visitors can also investigate how their routine activities can impact local water quality while learning about water quality testing.
Posters and Tables (9am – 4pm)
Environmental Organizations and students will be stationed inside south fence of the pool at tables with posters and information about their activities and research.
Guided Snorkel Tours 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, we will be offering guided snorkel tours of the pool. We can also set up group tours in the early morning. To sign up for a tour, please contact Pat Brodnax at firstname.lastname@example.org.