AUSTIN, TX — Join us at the upcoming 20th-anniversary celebration of Austin Water's Water Quality Protection Lands on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and learn about the history of the Water Quality Protection lands and the unique science of the sensitive Edwards Aquifer.

This family-friendly event will kick off with ecological restoration hikes around the 3,500+ acre Onion Creek property and features a crawl-through cave exhibit to give you an idea of how water moves through the aquifer.

Enjoy tacos and live music from local band Harvest Thieves, and then join Austin Water's Wildland Conservation Division for the premiere of the new documentary, A Wild Idea, covering the history of the Water Quality Protection Lands program. 

Event Details


Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10am – 3pm

  • 10am-Noon - Guided restoration ecology hikes (Additional registration required:  austintexas.gov/wildlandevents)
  • Noon-1pm - Tacos, live music featuring Harvest Thieves, and crawl-through cave exhibit. Share your memories - new or old - of the Water Quality Protection Lands in the Wildlands story corps booth. 
  • 1pm-2pm - Welcome reception and premiere of A Wild Idea, a new  documentary film about the Water Quality Protection Lands
  • 2pm-3pm - More time for music, activities, and tall tales

WQPL’s Onion Creek management unit, near Driftwood, TX. Driving directions will be sent upon registration.

Cost and Registration

The event is free but registration is required. Learn more and RSVP at aWILDidea.eventbrite.com


About Austin Water's Water Quality Protection Lands

For twenty years, Austin Water's Water Quality Protection Lands have protected and restored land, groundwater, working ranches, and open space to benefit Barton Springs. As our hill country community grows, these lands represent some of the last wild places for wildlife and people.

In 1998, Austin voters approved bonds to begin purchasing large tracts of conservation land to protect the source of the water that feeds Barton Springs. Today the Water Quality Protection Lands (WQPL) program protects more than 28,000 acres that are managed for the quality and quantity of water recharging the Edwards Aquifer, which both provides water to Barton Springs and to groundwater wells in Hays and Travis Counties.

The porous limestone rock of the Hill Country directs water quickly underground with little filtration, making these areas especially vulnerable to contaminants. These lands also serve as beneficial habitat for wildlife and native plants and they provide benefits to people ranging from recreational opportunities to carbon sequestration.


Austin Water - WQPL Onion Creek management Unit
near Driftwood, TX
United States

Cait McCann