Jun 21, 2013 9:08 AM
AUSTIN - Concrete structures will be built on entrances at five Central Texas caves to help protect the aquifer that feeds Barton Springs.
The Austin City Council voted Thursday to spend $246,000 on the project meant to block sediment and allow more rainwater to pass through the caves.
The Austin American-Statesman reports crews will spend about two months building what are essentially concrete chimneys in caves at the Blowing Sink Preserve. The project will replace wooden structures that also block cave entrances to keep trespassers out.
The new structures will be anchored as deep as 50 feet into the caves. Doors atop the structures will have locks.
Scientist Nico Hauwert with the city's Watershed Protection Department says the caves are outstanding features of getting water into the aquifer.
2 hours ago
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more