The Recharge Zone Podcast is the official podcast for the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA), a regional water management agency, which protects the portion of the Balcones Fault Zone Edwards Aquifer – a jurisdictional area that provides water to over 2 million people, and covers more than 8,000 square miles across 8 counties! Tune in to charge up your knowledge on all things Edwards Aquifer from the EAA.
Season 2, Episode 8 | EAA's Plan to Excel Aquifer Education at its Anticipated Education Outreach Center (EOC)
On this episode hosts Ann-Margaret and Brent interview Sarah Valdez, EAA STEAM Outreach Educator, about the EAA Education Outreach Center located at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp. Tune in as she discusses the one of a kind exhibits that will go in the space, which will feature unique learning experiences that will broaden imaginations through participation in innovative STEM opportunities with an inclusive mindset. The center will be dedicated to teaching up to 500 students per day about the Edwards Aquifer!
Season 2, Episode 7 | A Well Told Story About Groundwater Protection
On this episode hosts Ann-Margaret and Brent interview Mariah Bonham, Groundwater Protection Coordinator, regarding the groundwater protection initiatives at the EAA – ranging from the importance of well registration and how records can be great tool for finding abandoned wells throughout the EAA jurisdiction.
Season 2, Episode 6 | A 25-year EAA perspective: Luana Buckner and Carol Patterson
We’ve officially made it to the anniversary month that launched the EAA into existence back on June 28, 1996, and on this episode hosts Ann-Margaret and Brent have two very special guests that have held longstanding positions on the EAA board since the EAA began operations, EAA chairman Luana Buckner, representative for Medina / Atascosa Counties, known as District 13 and board member Carol Patterson, representative for Bexar County, District 1.
Season 2, Episode 5 | I.Y.C.K. Animal of the Year – Cave Beetles
As you all may know by now this year is International Year of Caves and Karst, and the ‘cave beetle’ has been designated as animal of the year. Hosts Ann-Margaret and Brent discuss two endangered beetle species with Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP) Department’s Kristy Kollaus, EAA Environmental Scientist, and Kristina Tolman, EAA Habitat Conservation Coordinator.
Season 2, Episode 4 | Celebrating the International Year of Caves, Karst, and the Edwards Aquifer
On this episode, hosts Ann-Margaret and Brent speak with Paul Bertetti, EAA Director of Aquifer Science, about characteristics of karst and how it relates to the Edwards Aquifer. Also, Paul provides an overview of how the aquifer recharges and discharges, and how the index wells in Bexar County and Uvalde county are important to monitoring the Edwards Aquifer System.
Season 2, Episode 3 | Regulation Through Service - A Community Approach to Aquifer Stewardship
On this episode, hosts Ann-Margaret and Brent speak with Earl Parker, EAA Director of Regulatory Affairs, about aquifer management and protection programs where the general principles outlined in the EAA Act were the catalyst for key regulatory programs, groundwater withdrawal management, water quality and recharge zone protection. Listen and learn more about the details of these programs, and how the EAA works to implement a community approach to Edwards Aquifer stewardship.