"Watershed News" will have the dual mission of reporting the work of our volunteers and keeping you informed of the issues concerning land and water in the Wimberley Valley. Together, we are all working to protect Jacob's Well and the waters that make this place so beautiful.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
HELP PROTECT JACOB'S WELL, TWO DAYS LEFT TO AMPLIFY OUR WATER!
We are thrilled to announce our participation in I Live Here I Give Here Amplify Austin.
Amplify Austin is a 24-hour giving day from 6pm Thursday, March 20, to
6pm Friday, March 21, 2014, to Central Texas nonprofits.
your calendars! On March 20, 2014 at 6:00pm you can donate to help us
fulfill our mission and be apart of a community wide day of giving!
You can continue that support through giving on March 20, 2014 Amplify Austin Day,a program of I Live Here I Give Here. Boost our community and give back!
2013, the first year, 320 nonprofits participated in Amplify Austin
they are expecting over 400 to participate in 2014. Amplify Austin
raises much-needed funds for nonprofits of all sizes, in all areas of
Their first year results were spectacular, their goal was $1 million and they raised $2.8 million! The 2014, goal is $4 million.
WVWA's Mission : To
advocate for clean, clear flowing springs and streams and the
sustained the health of the Wimberley Valley and to engage the
community in land and water stewardship through research and education
at the Jacob's Well Natural Area.
WVWA is working with
Austin Film Society and filmmakers Robert Currie and Salwa Khan to
produce a documentary film to educate the public about Texas water
issues. Water Enough? is a documentary about Texans impacted by
drought, told in their own words, and about those who are working to
help alleviate the possible devastating consequences of a prolonged
drought through innovation, planning, and political action.
The film will explore
ways in which the widening gap between supply and demand can and must
be met. It will provide answers in the stories of individuals and
communities that are tackling difficult water issues every day. Rather
than simply detailing the crisis that exists, we intend to show that
Texans can find different ways to live with less water. Creative new
way of thinking about water use may be what leads to long-term
solutions to the growing populations' demands.
WVWA, with the help of local
volunteers, has established a community garden on property adjacent to
the Jacob's Well Natural Area. The community garden currently has
sixteen garden plots being utilized by the local residents and
students. Improvements to the property include new fencing, raised
beds, rainwater catchment and a composting system. Expanded programs
requiring additional funding include community education and outreach
programs on the site and a capital improvement project for expanded
rainwater harvesting capacity, a greenhouse, food forest and a native
plant demonstration garden.
The WVWA is creating a
demonstration site for sustainable design including rainwater
harvesting for residences and businesses in the Hill Country. We are
expanding our programs at The Retreat to provide an opportunity to
immerse in the natural environment for educational and experiential
workshops for youth and adults, corporate team building, and
environmental awareness events. Additional capital funding is needed
for completing rainwater harvesting systems, renovation of the event
center and community meeting space, expanded water treatment and reuse
systems for on-site bathroom facilities, permaculture demonstration
gardens and additional low impact tent structures.