7 thoughts on “The Blue Hole, Mother Spring of the San Antonio River, Is Flowing Again

  1. Our springs are a treasure. Some measure of water conservation should always be in place to protect the springs. We should always be in the conservation mode. I don’t recall seeing any major vegetation die-off and we survived the watering restrictions. San Antonio will never again be small-town-city of less than a million people again.

  2. Thanks for reporting the good news. Just one additional but important bit of information: the aboriginal inhabitants, Native Americans in the San Antonio area have, for thousands of years and generations of their history, called these springs “Yanaguana”. Everytime this Spring reawakens, it is a joy. And the value of the water in the springs has probably doubled. Aquifers all over the State of Texas are being drained by the withdrawal of billions of gallons of water used in fracking (millions for one well), mixed with chemicals and frack sand, then injected into oilfield liquid waste wells deep in the earth. Efforts to recycle this water even for fracking use, have been only minimally successful. Result: these billions being withdrawn from aquifers are being lost forever to Nature’s own purification and recycling process. The latest project are two commercial water well companies withdrawing millions of gallons per day from the El Capitan Reef Aquifer near Van Horn. That water is most likely intended to supply Apache Oil’s pending startup of production in the Davis Mountains area. This Aquifer has supplied the San Solomon Springs, heart of Balmorhea State Park, for 12,000 years. Those springs and the Park are the beloved by thousands of visitors who frequent every year in swimming season. It is also a bird watching site well known to birders. The El Capitan Reef also provides water for West Texas farmers in the area via their irrigation wells. Just saying. Unless one lives in the area, it is very easy for urban folk dwellers hundreds of miles distant from San Solomon to realize what is happening to Nature’s methods of providing our water.

    • Kudos to the above writers for reminding us to think of the whole water system and the irreplaceable value of drinking and farming water. A long-term outlook is always essential!

      • Agreed, Judy. Do we have any idea of how many thousands of people in various cities, towns and rural areas depend on the springs and aquifers in our part of Texas? That is one big network of voting citizens!

        • Much gratitude and respect to you, Sister E for continuing the information vigil for us all, helping us to see and understand what the powers that be would prefer remain obscured. Environmental health = Public health, and we ignore that at our peril, that of our children and all life on earth.

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