Springs and Cedar Trees
Country: United States
Date: July 2008
We recently discovered some natural springs on our land
that we were told by some "old timers" were there. We discovered a
small amounts of water forming at the head of a canyon at some small
holes in the side of the cliff. Rumor is that these springs once ran
fluidly. You can tell by the size of the canyon they must have at
one time. I have heard that if we cleared the cedar off of the land
these springs would run again because the cedar takes so much water.
Is there any truth to that statement and is it possible to find out
how much water is underground? Additional info: this is in Texas
Hill Country, about 400 acres, about 5 miles from one of the largest
cavern attractions in the State/US.
I believe you are right about water flowing in the region in past times.
The Texas hill county sits at the southern end of a huge aquifer that runs
north almost to Canada. Unfortunately, farmers in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma
and even Texas tapped into the aquifer. The aquifer is depleted (hence the
meager flow of water you see today). So much water has been withdrawn that
the aquifer cannot recharge itself.
It may be that cedars are very thirsty trees. But there are not enough of
them to drain the aquifer. Check out the history of the Ogalalah aquifer
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