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Barton Springs Recharge Zone: a region from where groundwater funnels into Barton Springs. Includes land around Williamson, Bear, Little Bear, and Onion creeks.
Lower Colorado River Authority: The quasi-governmental organization charged with, among other key items, regulating water policy for the Lower Colorado River--the body of water that runs through the heart of Austin. The creation of the organization in 1934--and the eventual series of dams it built--helped send electricity to portions of the Texas Hill Country.
Save Our Springs Ordinance: A 1992 ordinance to restrict development in the Barton Creek watershed.
Watershed Protection Ordinance: The city law, overhauled in 2013, that dictates Austin’s water and environmental code.