City wins awards for exemplary efforts towards water resources.
The Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District announced its 2017 Groundwater Stewardship Award winners. The District presents these stewardship awards every two years to deserving individuals, organizations, companies or agencies that have invested exemplary effort towards the protection and conservation of water resources in the District. The two awards that the City of Austin won are:
Innovation Award: City of Austin Education Cave Restoration Team The Education Cave Restoration Team has found creative solutions to create and enhance underground classrooms and provide safe and accessible environments to teach about underground habitats, aquifer dynamics, and water quality protection. They have formed partnerships to better use the education caves to educate students, teachers, and the general public about the environmentally sensitive Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and inspire them to be environmental stewards.
Education Award: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Sheffield Education Center The Sheffield Education Center located at Barton Springs hosts an engaging visitor’s center, active education program, and strong community partnerships. Creative and resourceful staff have extended the Center’s limited funding to allow for significant upgrades to the Splash! Exhibit, expanded programming, and a diverse cross-section of community events. The Center effectively educates visitors about local endangered species, water quality protection, and responsible land management.