Protecting Texas' Water

Our projects benefit nearly a dozen Texas waterways, including the Devils, Blanco, Brazos, Frio, Guadalupe, Nueces, Sabinal and Pedernales Rivers, Barton Creek and Caddo Lake. 

On the arid western border of the Texas Hill Country, halfway between Del Rio and Sonora, lies one of the jewels of The Nature Conservancy: Dolan Falls Preserve.

Our restoration work at Clive Runnels Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve increases freshwater inflows to enhance and reestablish marsh habitat through water management, salinity monitoring and other measures.

The Nature Conservancy helps the City of San Antonio purchase conservation easements on ranches to protect water quality in the Edwards Aquifer, the city’s primary drinking water supply.

The 33,000-acre Davis Mountains Preserve encompasses the heart of a functioning landscape with intact watersheds and a unique assemblage of animals and plants.

In 1993, we worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to purchase 7,000 acres to add to the 483-acre Caddo Lake State Park to create the Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area.

At our Independence Creek Preserve in West Texas, we’ve protected roughly seven miles of the pristine Independence Creek.

Our Barton Creek Habitat Preserve protects the habitat of two species of endangered songbirds and preserves the quality of water in the Barton Creek watershed.

We purchased around 24,500 acres of South Padre Island to protect against beachfront threats to the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nesting habitat and issues like declining water quality conditions in Laguna Madre.

View from below: Caroline Spring, located at Independence Creek Preserve headquarters produces 3,000 to 5,000 gallons per minute and comprises about 25 percent of the creek’s flow.

We teamed with Travis County to acquire nearly 800 acres of open land to connect Hamilton Pool Preserve and the neighboring Milton Reimers Ranch Park.

The Conservancy’s Love Creek Preserve was named for the crystal clear waters of Love Creek, which winds for more than two miles throughout the 1,400-acre preserve.

The Devils River and Dolan Creek are replenished by freshwater springs flowing from the bases of towering limestone cliffs.


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