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  Barton Springs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Barton Springs are four natural springs located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.
All four springs are the only known home of the Barton Springs Salamander, an endangered species which has received attention from Austin's media and popular culture.
Barton Springs is the main discharge point for the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer of Texas, one of the most famous karst aquifers in the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Barton_Springs   (810 words)

 Barton Springs -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Barton Springs are four natural springs located on the grounds of (Click link for more info and facts about Zilker Park) Zilker Park in (Click link for more info and facts about Austin, Texas) Austin, Texas.
All four springs are the only known home of the (Click link for more info and facts about Barton Springs Salamander) Barton Springs Salamander, an (A species whose numbers are so small that the species is at risk of extinction) endangered species which has received attention from Austin's media and popular culture.
Barton Springs is the main discharge point for the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer of Texas, one of the most famous (Click link for more info and facts about karst) karst aquifers in the world.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/ba/barton_springs.htm   (871 words)

 City of Austin - Parks and Recreation Department: Barton Springs
Millions of years ago Barton Springs, the fourth largest natural springs in the state, was created as a result of a landshift that created the Balcones Fault.
The largest spring became known as the main spring at Barton Springs Pool.
Barton Springs Pool has been a popular swimming hole for decades, but even more people showed up once it became part of a city park in 1917.
www.ci.austin.tx.us /parks/bartonsprings.htm   (970 words)

 Barton Springs Salamander - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum) is a rare, endangered salamander that only lives in the environs of Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.
The species name is an acronym for "Save Our Springs", a group dedicated to preserving Barton Springs, plus a Latin genitive plural ending.
Despite inhabiting an urban area, the salamander was not identified until 1993.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Barton_Springs_Salamander   (114 words)

 Final Rule, Barton Springs Salamander, WAIS Document Retrieval, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Barton Springs salamander is entirely aquatic and neotenic (meaning it does not metamorphose into a terrestrial form and retains its bright red external gills throughout life) and depends on a constant supply of clean, flowing water from Barton Springs.
Barton Springs is also the main discharge point for the entire Barton Springs segment, and is one of the few perennial springs in the area.
Because the Barton Springs salamander lives at the main discharge point for the aquifer and is continuously exposed to the waters emanating from it, it is a primary indicator of the health of this natural resource.
www.fws.gov /endangered/r/fr97612.html   (14733 words)

 Austin, Texas, Barton Springs and Zilker Park.
Barton Springs, actually a series of springs, emerges from fissures in the limestone at a rate of 26 million gallons per day.
Spring Creek was Barton's link to the outside world, a camp called Waterloo on the Colorado River which was developing into the new Texas capital.
In 1918 Zilker deeded the springs and a surrounding thirty-five acres to the city with the provision that it be used for education.
www.texasescapes.com /SplashAcrossTexas/BartonSpringsTexas/BartonSpringsAustinTexas.htm   (1620 words)

 Soluble Pesticides in Barton Springs
Water quality at Barton Springs is a critical issue for the City of Austin and its citizens.
Barton Springs, located within sight of downtown Austin highrises, is the fourth largest spring in Texas.
Barton Springs provides a part of Austin’s municipal water supply: water from Barton Springs discharges into the Colorado River about 0.6 kilometer (km) upstream of one of Austin’s three water supply plants, at times contributing more than 90 percent of flow in this section of the Colorado River (Slade and others, 1986).
tx.usgs.gov /reports/dist/dist-2000-02   (331 words)

 ATSDR - Health Consultation - Barton Springs Pool, Austin, Travis County, Texas
Barton Springs Pool is a 1.9 acre pool, fed from underground springs which discharge from the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer.
Barton Springs Pool is a 1.9 acre pool, fed from underground springs that discharge from the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer.
Barton Springs Pool is one of the only known habitats of the Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum) and on May 30, 1997 (62 FR 23377), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the salamander as an endangered species.
www.atsdr.cdc.gov /HAC/PHA/bartonsprings/bsp_p1.html   (9322 words)

 Project for Public Spaces (PPS) | Barton Springs and Creek: A Case Study
Barton Springs was the symbol for the campaign; it represented what the SOS ordinance would protect.
That Barton Springs was the major symbol of the campaign does not mean that the coalition did not vigorously educated the public about the importance of the creek and watershed at large.
Barton Springs proved to be a strong campaign symbol.
www.pps.org /topics/forreview/barton   (1216 words)

 Sierra: Austin Springs Eternal - visiting Barton Springs pool in Austin, Texas - Brief Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Barton Springs is sanity amid the chaos, a life-affirming church of goosebumps that has soothed more souls than Billy Graham.
Barton Springs Eternal, edited by Turk Pipkin and Marshall Frech (Softshoe Publishing, 1993), is a wonderful collection of essays, recollections, and photos of the springs.
Development in the 354-square-mile Barton Creek watershed and depletion of the Edwards Aquifer are by far the greatest threats to the springs' survival.
www.findarticles.com /cf_dls/m1525/6_83/54233013/p1/article.jhtml   (967 words)

 EPA: Federal Register: Notice of Availability of the Draft Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan; Notice of ...
The water that discharges from Barton Springs is essential to the survival of the salamander.
Barton Springs is a segment of the Edwards Aquifer, a karst limestone aquifer containing a complex system of caves, sinkholes, fractures, and faults.
Although monitoring of the status of the Barton Springs salamander is an ongoing process, the Service is now initiating an active, periodic review on the status of the Barton Springs salamander in accordance with section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act.
www.epa.gov /fedrgstr/EPA-SPECIES/2005/January/Day-25/e1290.htm   (1766 words)

 Recharge to and Discharge from the Edwards Aquifer in the San Antonio Area, Texas, 1999
The estimated annual discharge from wells and springs during 1999 is 884,000 acre-ft. The estimated annual discharge from wells and springs for 1934—99 (table 2) ranges from 388,800 acre-ft in 1955 to 1,130,000 acre-ft in 1992.
The remaining spring discharge was from Hueco Springs in Comal County, San Pedro and San Antonio Springs in Bexar County, and Leona Springs in Uvalde County.
The 1934—99 estimated annual discharge from springs ranged from 69,800 acre-ft in 1956 to 802,800 acre-ft in 1992; the average for the period is 366,700 acre-ft and the median is 375,600 acre-ft.
tx.usgs.gov /reports/dist/dist-2000-01   (659 words)

 Recreation: Barton Springs - History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Parthenia Spring is the main source of water for Barton Springs pool.
He built a small cabin near the springs and named each of the three main springs after one of his daughters, Parthenia, Eliza and Zenobia.
In 1875, a riverboat, "Sunbeam," ran 50-cent excursions to Barton Springs from a ferry on a main road leading to Austin.
www.austin360.com /recreation/content/recreation/guides/barton/barton_history.html;COXnetJSessionID=B1tCR9Rdob3YBOfAXDaSc6k5Ud2KA1ZlRaufd0RbYwiTaPRFFq1Y!-630494914?urac=n&urvf=11065868829700.1195967280837702   (581 words)

 Barton Springs, Austin, Texas' endangered natual resource
An environmental debate over the springs has been raging since the late 1950s when the Parks and Recreation staff noticed trash and dead animals in the runoff coming from the Barton Hills subdivision, or what used to be the Rabb land, and high levels of fecal coliform.
The endangered Barton Springs salamander survived the entire time that copper sulfate was used to clean the pool.
It is unlikely that the salamanders are endangered by chemicals used in Barton Springs.
www.texasescapes.com /SplashAcrossTexas/BartonSpringsTexas/BartonSprngsAustinTx8.htm   (929 words)

 Barton Springs
Parthenia -This is the main spring that flows into the pool between stands #1, #6 and #S1.
The waters of Barton Springs, 68 º Fahrenheit, year-round, are home to catfish, carp, bass, turtles, eel, crawfish, tetras, silverback/darters and the Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea Sosorum).
While most salamanders loose their external gills, the Barton Springs salamander is unusual in that it retains its gills.
www.netingenuity.com /kk/bartonsprings   (1122 words)

 USGS Texas -- Barton Springs Groundwater Characterization Project
The Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, a karst ground-water system located in southern Travis and northern Hays counties, provides vital water resources to the people of Austin and to endemic species, including the Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum, a federally-listed endangered species).
The principal objective of this project is to produce a comprehensive characterization of water quality in the Barton Springs portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
Because the springs are integrators of spatial and temporal variations within the aquifer, sampling will focus on discharge from the four orifices of Barton Springs under both baseflow and stormflow conditions.
tx.usgs.gov /aquifer/bartonsprings.html   (401 words)

 barton springs
TEC is producing The Barton Springs Multimedia Project, an interactive storehouse of all kinds of information about Barton Springs.
The mission of the SOS alliance is to protect the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultu...
Barton Springs Chiropractic - Holistic Applied Kinesiology Practice in Austin...
luckysite.biz /barton_springs.htm   (133 words)

 Barton Springs: Who What Where When and Why   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Barton Springs is a natural limestone pool 1000 feet long, fed 28 miliion gallons of water each day by several underground springs.
Some animals have migrated to Barton Springs, which is the center of Texas, from the sea, which is hundreds of miles away.
Because Barton Springs is the largest natural swimming pool inside an urban area in the U.S., the place precious and a challenge to preserve.
www.tec.org /bartonsprings/5Ws.html   (327 words)

 Barton Springs
Though it is an Edwards spring, a groundwater divide separates this portion of the Aquifer from the central (San Antonio) portion and the large springs in San Marcos, New Braunfels, and San Antonio.
It was suggested that a possible source of the contamination was wastes dumped from nearby coal gasification plants that produced fuel for city lighting from the 1870s to 1928.
Slade concluded that although the water quality of Barton Springs is still well within swimming criteria, it is likely that uncontrolled urbanization in the watersheds feeding the Springs will eventually cause Barton Springs to be degraded to the extent that it must be closed to swimming.
www.edwardsaquifer.net /barton.html   (360 words)

 SOS Alliance: Protecting Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, and its Hill Country watershed.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Edwards Aquifer produces the most prolific springs in Texas and is the home of over 60 species that are endemic to the Edwards Aquifer eco-system and live no where else in the world.
San Antonio Springs and San Pedro Springs in San Antonio are dry most of the time because large amounts of water are pumped from the ground by users in Bexar county, but they flow when Aquifer levels are very high.
For example, Barton Springs in Austin is also an Edwards water feature, but because of the groundwater divide near Kyle, waters in that portion of the Aquifer do not mix with waters in the San Antonio segment, where most of the use takes place.
www.sosalliance.org /geology.shtml   (1475 words)

 Barton Springs in Austin - VeggieBoards
The University of Texas, The constand rallies and protests are the capitol (at least half of the population despises the republican party and their monkey, who happens to come from here), and of course, Barton Springs.
Barton Springs was always the place where people went when the rest of the world felt overcrowded, over developed and over polluted.
Summer's fast approaching, and instead of the surrounding grass being populated by families stretched out on beach towels and half naked babies, the place is empty, and a notice is hung on the gate, announcing the closure of the place that seemed untouched by the rest of the world.
www.veggieboards.com /boards/showthread.php?t=4790   (308 words)

 The Austin Chronicle Politics: Barton Springs Reopens, With Great Pleasure
After receiving final notice from state and federal health agencies that no, the water in Barton Springs Pool is not liquid cancer, City Manager Toby Futrell reopened the pool for swimming on Saturday with a festive ceremony that included live music, an Easter egg toss into the water, and an ugliest bathing suit contest.
The results showed that even people who swim in Barton Springs every day are not putting themselves at risk for any of the health conditions hinted at by the daily, including cancer, birth defects, or memory loss.
News of Barton Springs' possible toxicity reached the national radar screen, causing her to worry that the pool's reputation had suffered.
www.austinchronicle.com /issues/dispatch/2003-04-25/pols_feature4.html   (862 words)

 Handbook of Texas Online: BARTON CREEK
Barton Creek rises six miles northeast of Dripping Springs in northern Hays County (at 30°13' N, 98°11' W) and flows east for forty miles to its mouth on the Colorado River, at Town Lake in southwest Austin (at 30°16' N, 97°46' W).
An Austin newspaper referred to Barton Springs as "Austin's Eden" in the 1880s, and the swimming hole at the springs was built into a more modern pool in the 1930s.
More and more frequently the pool at the springs was closed after heavy rains because of contamination from runoff and seepage from sewer lines.
www.tsha.utexas.edu /handbook/online/articles/view/BB/rbb30.html   (494 words)

 Barton Springs Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Austin Texas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Within Zilker Park 's 358 acres, lies one of the crown jewels of Austin, Barton Springs Pool.
Barton Springs pools is kept at 68 degrees year round.
The fees for Barton Springs entry are as follows: Seniors:$1, Adults:$3, Junior: $2, Child: $1.
www.austintexasbusiness.com /recreation/barton-springs.php   (1052 words)

 Barton Springs Pool - Sports & Recreation - Austin, TX, 78746 - Citysearch
The pool is located in the area around Barton Springs in Zilker Park, the expansive green space in the heart of the city.
The pool is also home to fish, turtles, birds and the famously embattled Barton Springs salamander (found in Parthenia and Eliza springs).
Barton Springs is my favorite thing about Austin.
austin.citysearch.com /profile/11353809   (359 words)

 Panel redeems Barton Springs - The Daily Texan - News
"The level of exposure to these chemicals while swimming in Barton Springs Pool is likely to be the amount you would receive eating a chargrilled hamburger," he said.
Investigators from the city, the state and the EPA said they do not yet know the source or sources of contamination, but the leading theory is that PAHs are coming from asphalt sealant.
McClintock also stated that while Barton Springs Pool is still safe for swimming, water quality is still not what it should be.
www.dailytexanonline.com /news/2003/03/28/News/Panel.Redeems.Barton.Springs-495297.shtml   (532 words)

 Wild Texas Forums: Parks, Travel & Recreation - Barton Springs in Austin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We all know that the future of the Barton Springs watershed (which includes popular swimming hole, Barton Springs Pool) balances on our ability to protect it from further degradation.
Some biologists believe that Barton Springs may now be in the process of dying.
And on Sunday, July 28th, from 5-10pm, the S.O.S. Alliance is having a "Barton Springs Social" at 3600 South 2nd Street (1 block West of South 1st Street, between Cardinal Lane and South Center Street).
www.wildtexas.com /talk/showthread.php?t=139   (391 words)

 Hydrogeology of The Edwards Aquifer
Flowing Edwards artesian wells and springs exist where hydraulic pressure is sufficient to force water up through wells and faults to the surface.
At Barton Springs, scientists with the United States Geological Survey have been sampling for pesticides since 2000 and have regularly detected a few pesticides at low concentrations during baseflow conditions, and a larger suite at much higher concentrations just after rain events.
Many regard the water quality problems at Barton Springs as a warning to other regional users of what will happen if Edwards recharge quality is not adequately protected.
www.edwardsaquifer.net /geology.html   (4313 words)

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