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freewill
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posted June 24, 2009 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
Jacobís Well has ceased to flow (for over a week now) making Cypress Creek a nasty stinking stagnant polluted non-flowing waterway. The creek behind Inoz is down about 6 inches from the top of their little dam and even the ducks arenít sure they want to swim in it. I can only imagine what Blue Hole looks like and wonder if it has been or should be closed because of the health risks. Iím wondering if the gravity will start to suck the nasty creek water into the aquifer via Jacob's Well and pollute our ground water. Has anyone ever prepared for such a happening?

To monitor the flow of Jacob's Well on the USGS site, go to;
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&format=gif_default&period=14&site_no=08170990

[This message has been edited by freewill (edited June 26, 2009).]

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Tbaseflug
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posted June 24, 2009 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tbaseflug     Edit/Delete Message
When I stop getting reports from AquaTexas that our drinking water contains acceptable levels of fecal contaminant - I will start to worry about stagnat pond water next

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XIIthMan
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posted June 27, 2009 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for XIIthMan     Edit/Delete Message
Drinking water should have zero fecal coliforms, but don't worry, they don't live in a dry environment. No more water, no more bacteria.

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freewill
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posted June 28, 2009 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
Jacobís Well is still dead however, yesterday (Saturday 6/27), as if by magic, I saw water flowing heavily over the dam at the RR12 bridge in back of Inoz, although Jacobís Well isnít flowing at all. Water is now flowing pretty good at the dam in the City of Woodcreek where Woodcreek Dr. crosses over the creek. The water remains stagnant and no flow is present at the Jacobís Well road bridge just a little further upstream. How could this be?

From my observations, I suspect someone is pouring well water into the creek somewhere in or around Camp Young Judea which I do not have access to. Maybe this is an effort to keep the camp, Blue Hole and Inoz in business. Itís funny, this started just at the beginning of this weekend and I believe to keep the swimmers in Camp Young Judea and Blue Hole as well as the tourists in town.

Now this morning (Sunday 6/28) the flow has slowed quite a bit. It appears that the source for yesterdayís heavier flow has subsided or been turned off. Iíll be watching next weekend to see if the creek runs again and get some pictures this time.

I have long been suspicious that this was happening and now Iím convinced it is. The fact that Jacobís Well has not been flowing a drop of water for almost 2 weeks and not made the news is suspicious. I suspect this would turn away tourists to Wimberley.

If someone is pouring well water into Cypress Creek to fill it, this is a terrible waste of water from the aquifer and the persons responsible should be exposed. I donít know if this would be illegal or not but maybe someone from the WVWA or HTGCD could shed some light on this subject.

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starstruck
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posted June 28, 2009 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for starstruck     Edit/Delete Message
It sounds so far fetched........but water flow cannot increase without rain.....or can it?

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Mr Chievous
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posted June 28, 2009 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
It seems odd that it's not newsworthy with the View or even the WVWA website. It seems that when the flow got to miniscule levels in the past, it was big news.

From the original post, I was suprised to see the reasonable water level near the Woodcreek resort area, today.

I'd sure like to know the explanation...

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freewill
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posted June 28, 2009 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
There are at least 2 reasons that Jacobís well drying up is not making it to the media right now;

1. There is no immediate election scheduled. Water or the lack of it has long been used as a political weapon in these parts. Just before the election, last year, the stoppage of the well made headlines stressing the need for conservation and more ďresponsibleĒ government officials. Now it is not so important, or so it seems.

2. Jacobís Well drying up (this time of year) is not good for Wimberley merchants that rely on the tourist trade. Itís kind of like shark attacks at the beach.

I know that David Baker and Jack Hollon hang out here from time to time, maybe one of them would like to chime in.

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freewill
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posted June 29, 2009 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
Update: June 29, 2009 Water is still being poured or pumped into Cypress Creek above the Woodcreek Drive crossing by unknown persons. Sad to say, Jacobís Well still hasnít produced a drop of water.

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Mr Chievous
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posted June 29, 2009 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like a posse is warranted.

I believe I'm in for some tracking down some water-hogging weasels.

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viglenn
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posted June 30, 2009 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for viglenn     Edit/Delete Message
Freewill, did you actually see the water being dumped or is there a well there that someone is pumping from? Wonder if there is a spring under the pond??

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freewill
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posted June 30, 2009 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
I didnít see anyone pumping or pouring. Itís just that right now, Jacobís Well is supplying no water, yet water is coming out the other end of the creek. It hasnít rained, so where does the water come from?

About a week ago there was no water movement in the creek at all and it was low and stagnant behind Inoz restaurant. Then, magically, just before last weekend it began to flow at that point and actually top the little dam there. That unexpected fact made me suspicious. The water in the creek upstream at the Jacobís Well Road Crossing was/is still low, stagnant and receding. That water has to come from somewhere and I guess an unknown natural artesian well is possible but very unlikely. All I want is someone with authority and access to the area to investigate.

The saddest thing of all is that the loss of Jacobís Well is not even making it to the media. Maybe they donít want the tourists to know. All you have to do is look at the creek where it crosses Jacobís Well Road.

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wymjym
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posted July 01, 2009 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wymjym     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, Iíll throw some unsubstantiated statements into the mix.
20 years a go our builder told stories of how the developers of WoodCreekNorth would Ďopen up the valvesí so that water would be flowing within WCN on the weekends when potential buyers would visit the area.
No facts here, just a nice nasty story.


Canít someone simply walk up the Ďcreekí until they find the area of increased flow?
Or???????

wj

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freewill
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posted July 01, 2009 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
The story sounds plausible and probably did happen.
Trespass laws will not permit walking up or down the creek. It is all private property.
According to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District it is a ďviolation to allow Groundwater to flow into a pond or creekĒ.

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XIIthMan
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posted July 01, 2009 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for XIIthMan     Edit/Delete Message
We were told the same story as Wymjym. That back in the day, the lake was filled up using groundwater.

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starstruck
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posted July 01, 2009 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for starstruck     Edit/Delete Message
Hey freewill, I just checked the link in your first post and it says the well is flowing although at a meager 3 ft per second. It does seem to bounce around a little bit. I doubt it solves the mystery, but check it out.

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