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Name: Scott
Status: Other
Grade: Other
Location: TX
Country: United States
Date: July 2008


Question:
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.



Replies:
Scott,

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 So much water has been withdrawn that the aquifer cannot recharge itself.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 via Google.

Warren Young



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