Edwards Aquifer Monitoring and Research Plan

As the primary water provider for approximately 1.7 million people in the San Antonio region, the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) is charged with preserving and protecting the Edwards Aquifer and the groundwater it contains. This iconic central Texas resource is characterized by a unique and complex system of permeable limestone that allows rainwater to quickly travel underground.

In this project, EPR prepared a monitoring and research plan to assist EAA with analyzing and monitoring the effectiveness of land management practices constructed at the Edwards Aquifer Field Research Park. These practices were designed to trap pollutants and sediment, infiltrate surface runoff, and be transferable to other locations in the aquifer recharge zone. EPRs efforts provide EAA managers and decision-makers with scientifically sound research data to identify sustainable land management practices that provide measurable benefits to water users, landowners, and the plants and animals that depend on the aquifer.