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October 24, 2008, 5:00 pm
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Barton Springs are four natural springs located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas resulting from water flowing through the Edwards Aquifer. The largest spring, Main Barton Spring (also known as Parthenia, “the mother spring”) supplies water to Barton Springs Pool, a popular recreational destination in Austin. The smaller springs are located nearby, two with man-made structures built to contain and direct their flow. The springs are the only known habitat of the Barton Springs Salamander, an endangered species.



[edit] Geology

Barton Springs is the main discharge point for the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer of Texas, a well known karst aquifer. Geologically, the aquifer is composed of limestone from the Cretaceous period, about 100 million years old. Fractures, fissures, conduits, and caves have developed in this limestone. Both physical forces, such as faulting, and chemical forces, such as dissolution of limestone by infiltrating water, have enlarged these voids. This results in a karst aquifer made up of limestone with large void spaces. Water then enters the aquifer and fills the voids.

All water discharging from Barton Springs originates as rainfall. Some of this rain falls directly onto the area of land where the aquifer limestone rock is exposed, which is known as the recharge zone. Other rainfall enters into creeks that cross the recharge zone, and infiltrates the limestone bedrock. After water enters the aquifer, it flows along the gradients created by differences in hydraulic pressure into the area of lowest hydraulic pressure. This lowest point of hydraulic pressure is Barton Springs.

[edit] Main Barton Spring

Main Barton Spring/Parthenia is the most famous, yet least visible of the four springs as it is completely submerged by pool water. Located near the diving board in Barton Springs Pool, the spring’s flow is not always visible at the surface.

The main spring discharges an average flow of about 31 million US gallons per day (1 m³/s). The lowest discharge ever recorded was 9 million gallons per day (0.4 m³/s) during the drought of the 1950s, and the highest discharge ever recorded was 85 million gallons per day (3.7 m³/s) during the December 1991 floods. By comparison, a typical domestic swimming pool holds about 50,000 US gallons (200 m³), and the City of Austin, a city of about 650,000 residents, uses about 200 million US gallons per day (9 m³/s) for its public water supply system.

[edit] Other springs

Eliza Spring in 2005.

Eliza Spring in 2005.

The three other springs associated with Barton Springs are Eliza, Old Mill, and Upper Barton Spring. Each is significantly smaller than Main Barton Spring, discharging an average of 3 million US gallons per day (0.1 m³/s). Sometimes, these springs dry up completely.

Eliza Spring, also known as Concession Spring, is located on the northwestern side of Barton Springs Pool behind the concession stand. During the early 20th century, an amphitheater-style enclosure was built around the spring. This structure is no longer open to the public due to safety concerns, and the fact that Eliza Spring has become a sensitive habitat area for the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.

Old Mill Spring, also known as Sunken Gardens Spring, is located on the northeastern side of Barton Springs Pool. Like Eliza Spring, the early 20th century structure built around the spring is now closed to public access due to safety and endangered species habitat issues. Scientific analysis show that the water at Old Mill Spring has a slightly different chemistry than that of Main Barton Spring and Eliza Spring, even though it is less than half a mile (800 m) away from these springs.

Upper Barton Spring is located in the creek bed of Barton Creek, about a half mile (800 m) upstream of Barton Springs Pool. Frequently dry, Upper Barton Spring is fully submerged by Barton Creek during floods. The water at Upper Barton Spring also has a significantly different chemistry than the other springs.

The entire area around Barton Springs is riddled with faults from the Balcones Fault Zone and features other, smaller springs. For example, about one mile (2 km) upstream of Upper Barton Spring, an intermittent spring fills a popular natural swimming hole. Several other small springs empty directly into the Barton Creek bypass tunnel that passes to the side of Barton Springs Pool.

October 24, 2008, 4:54 pm
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“Galveston” redirects here. For the town in the U.S. state of Indiana, see Galveston, Indiana. For the song, see Galveston (song). For other uses see Galveston (disambiguation).
City of Galveston
Galveston in 1871

Galveston in 1871

Official seal of City of Galveston
Nickname(s): The Oleander City
Location in the state of Texas

Location in the state of Texas

Coordinates: 29°16′52″N 94°49′33″W / 29.28111, -94.82583
Country United States of America
State Texas
Counties Galveston
Incorporated 1839
 – Type Council-manager
 – Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas
 – Total 208.3 sq mi (539.6 km²)
 – Land 46.1 sq mi (119.5 km²)
 – Water 162.2 sq mi (420.1 km²)
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2005)
 – Total 57,466
 – Density 1,240.3/sq mi (478.9/km²)
 – Demonym Galvestonian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77550-77555
Area code(s) 409
FIPS code 48-28068[1]
GNIS feature ID 1377745[2]
Website: www.cityofgalveston.org

Galveston (pronounced /ˈgælvəstən/) is a city in and seat of Galveston County located on Galveston Island on the Gulf Coast in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2005 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a total population of 57,466. Galveston is accessible by the Galveston Causeway linking Galveston Island to the mainland on the north end of the city, a toll bridge on the western end of the island, and by ferry boat service on the east end of the city.

Galveston is known for the hurricane that struck it in 1900. The natural disaster that followed still counts as the most deadly in American history. A 10-mile (16-km) long, 17-foot (5.18 m) high seawall protects the city from floods and hurricane storm surge.

The city’s tourist attractions include the Galveston Schlitterbahn waterpark, Moody Gardens botanical park, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, the Lone Star Flight Museum, a downtown neighborhood of historic buildings known as The Strand, many historical museums and mansions, and miles of beach front. The Strand plays host to a yearly Mardi Gras festival, Galveston Island Jazz & Blues Festival, Texas Beach Fest, Lone Star Bike Rally, and a Victorian-themed Christmas festival called Dickens on the Strand (honoring the works of novelist Charles Dickens, especially A Christmas Carol) in early December. Galveston was also home to the Balinese Room, an historic nightclub, formerly a notorious illegal gambling hall, which was located on a 600-foot (200 m) pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico. [3]

Galveston is the second-largest city in Galveston County in population after League City; League City surpassed Galveston between 2000 and 2005.[4]

Hurricane Ike made landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008. After it extensively damaged the courthouse and jail in September 2008, the decision was made to temporarily relocate the county seat and offices to League City and Texas City. Once repairs are complete, the county headquarters will return to Galveston. [5]

October 24, 2008, 4:50 pm
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Incident at 9540 Kempwood

April 26, 2006 — Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 9540 Kempwood about 12:20 a.m. today (Apr. 26).

The victim has been identified as Jermore Jones, 27, of 3400 Campbell #305. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, abdomen, arm and back and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant L. A. Flores and Officer P. Yochum reported:

Patrol officers were dispatched to a shooting call at an apartment complex and found the victim dead. Investigators determined the victim was shot multiple times in front of apartment #112. There is no known suspect or motive in this case at this time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

that old palce kempwood
October 24, 2008, 4:45 pm
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The Kempwood subdivision had its beginning in 1964 when 144 homes were built on the north side of Kempwood just west of Campbell road. Many of the residents were first-time home owners just beginning to raise a family. The neighborhood is now a congenial mix of all ages, cultures and origins.

The Kempwood Civic Association was founded to promote a safe and attractive community in which to live. One of the ways we seek to achieve this goal is through deed restrictions. Since Houston does not have zoning ordinances, as many cities do, the deed restrictions serve somewhat the same purpose. The enforcement of these rules is not intended to be dictatorial or restrictive of ones rights but serve to maintain the value of our property and provide a pleasant place in which to live. Please make yourself familiar with these rules; they are available at this web site or you may obtain a copy from one of the board members.

The Civic Association annual dues are $35.00. These dues are allocated as follows: $20 for maintenance of the Kempwood esplanade, $10 for mosquito control, and $5 for the general fund. This is a very reasonable amount when compared with the mandatory maintenance fees that are required in some neighborhoods. We urge you to join our group when one of your neighbors comes around to collect the dues this year.

If you have ideas how this web site could better serve our neighborhood, please email your suggestions to: kenrow11 @ yahoo.com

houston water from that lake
October 24, 2008, 4:43 pm
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In accordance with City of Houston, Code of Ordinance 2004-299, Water and Sewer Rates are adjusted annually based on the increase in costs in the region. A 2.8% adjustment (based on the Consumer Price Index) will take effect April 1, 2007 and will allow the City to deal with rising costs without having to cut back on services. This adjustment is also key in funding investments to prevent flooding in our neighborhoods, to rehabilitate aging water and sewer lines and to safeguard the security of our water supply.

For some classes, the minimum charge is affected by the meter size. For all classes that include sewer, the consumption used to determine the appropriate sewer charge is the same as that for water.

Adjusted rates will appear on customer bills starting in May 2007.

U know what they put in lake houston ? grose things,human wast products,cloride,sulfur.

mad dog 20/20 saves the ship
October 24, 2008, 4:20 pm
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I n case. Well hello to that scum bag co that i believe wanted me to work at that construction place on montgomery road. Cagfish sure as hell think u done it to otheres . O oo when no go to construct site during that hurrican with 110 mile hour winds hittin houston . U laughed and said no worry and then no more hours for them.

Do u know with your game if i done that u know what would have happened. GArfish would not be putting this garbarge on here. Just like the morons that stayed in there houses on the beach at galveston that would happen to me. 

Yes gofer shoud had started this 3 fin months ago . o well.

Dam it i wish i really had some mad dog 2 bottles will do ice cold on the out side.   

Well excuse my french. There is this colored boy just now took off his clothes and played with him self right in front of a hpd cop . It was real exciting on gessner and dick hard street.    

That bush boor
October 24, 2008, 2:59 pm
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 Well that bush beer really  did wonders today. O mexican had to relax.  After forcing me to vote for OUR HOLY GOD OBAMA. I the low life had to go to that store on wirt road. Yea i got the jo six pack and pizzza.

Went back to the cave and ate the pizza and got 2 beers then i was out .