In 2013, the River Foundation purchased 75 acres in the highly sensitive Sink Creek recharge zone just above Spring Lake, the head of the San Marcos River.
The purchase was the culmination of several years of work with the landowner who was threatened with the use of eminent domain to create a roadway easement for large housing developments on either side. SMRF’s purchase of the land will protect the area from over-development and limit impervious cover.
With many caves and other recharge features, the property is critical for ensuring a clean and steady flow of recharge into the aquifer, lake and river.
SMRF is also encouraging other land owners in the area to consider land conservation easements and protections, and is helping to guide them through the process.