By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large
SAN MARCOS – Without controversy or argument, though with much enthusiasm and applause, the Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to issue $3 million to the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) for the preservation of Jacob’s Well west of Woodcreek and Wimberley.
The $3 million expenditure consumes ten percent of $30 million in parks bonds overwhelmingly approved by Hays County voters in May 2007. Supporters of the project say it will enhance one of Hays County’s most esteemed treasures.
Jacob’s Well is a spring with three drops of about 30 feet each down to a maximum depth surpassing 90 feet, leading into the largest known underwater cave in Texas. In addition to feeding the Blue Hole public swimming area, the well has tempted the fates of divers for generations, taking curious human lives while supporting wildlife species that don’t exist outside the Hill Country.
The well feeds Cypress Creek, which runs southeast through Woodcreek and Wimberley, then joins the Blanco River, which flows into San Marcos.
The memorandum of understanding between the county and the WVWA is intended to provide a location for recreation, research and educational programs within a 55-acre area surrounding the well.
The county will provide $2.6 million to initiate the project, including the formation of a non-profit corporation to be called the Jacob’s Well Natural Area Trust (JWNAT), which would operate and manage the park in accordance with a master plan for Jacob’s Well. Once the trust is granted non-profit status, the county will add $400,000 to its contribution.Email | Print