National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the awarding of a $502,000 grant that will fund a groundwater study as part of an initiative meant to protect the Camp Bulls military mission and the surrounding area.

The background

Officials with the Trinity-Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District said a proposal submitted by the Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape Partnership to the foundation supports work needed to study groundwater resources across much of north Bexar County.

Representatives of TGRGCD, a Sentinel Landscape partner, said Camp Bullis and nearby communities sit atop the Edwards and Trinity aquifers, which rely on karst aquifers for drinking water and other uses.

Representatives for TGRGCD and the partnership said they are lacking information on aquifer dynamics across the Sentinel Landscape project area in Bexar County.

Dig deeper

The study will identify groundwater flow paths within and between the Edwards and Trinity aquifers, and help to raise people’s understanding of where groundwater depletion and recharge might affect the aquifers, partnership representatives said.

Groundwater conservation districts around the Hill Country will work with the U.S. Geological Survey Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, Edwards Aquifer Authority and other CBSL partners to conduct the study.

According to partnership representatives, the study will fill a data gap and lead to the production of water-level maps and reports to enable enhanced groundwater protection.

While it has no direct funding from government agency or nonprofit organization partners, the Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape Partnership received grants in 2023, including $723,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program.