The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA)
now owns Jacob's Well, one of the outstanding natural springs in the Texas Hill Country and entire nation. The WVWA in unifying the properties around the spring has christened it the Jacob's Well Natural Area.
Jacob's Well is believed to be the longest underwater cave in Texas and is the primary source of water to the Cypress Creek which flows downstream through the city of Woodcreek and Wimberley, through the famous Blue Hole swimming area and into the Blanco River.
The Wimberley Valley is comprised of thirteen different watersheds that flow into the larger Guadalupe-Blanco River basin. A ridge or other elevated land area separates one watershed from another. When it rains, water flows over land and into our creeks and streams. The Blanco River, Lone Man Creek, Cypress Creek and an assortment of other spring fed streams - all supported by an intricate ground water system - bless our valley. Everything that happens in the watershed affects water quality.
JACOB'S WELL PRESERVE
Jacob's Well is a perpetual artesian spring, pumping thousands of gallons of fresh water per minute to form Cypress Creek. Considered a sacred place by native Americans and the heart of Wimberley by early settlers, today Jacob's Well supports a habitat rich in wildlife and plant life, including several endangered species.
Growing pressures on the aquifer from Wimberley's expanding population coupled with increasing sources of pollution are endangering both the flow and water quality of Jacob's Well and Cypress Creek. Therefore, WVWA is creating the Jacob's Well Preserve to protect the land around the well and to educate our community about management practices that will sustain this invaluable natural resource.
"Because Jacob's Well represents a critical regional discharge point of the Trinity Aquifer, long-term continuous real-time water quantity and quality monitoring is needed to evaluate the possible impacts that human activity has on this ground water."
(United States Geological Survey)
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Wimberley Valley Watershed Association