Ecological Characteristics of Region K. Region K. Region K Facts…. Major Cities: Austin Population (2000): 1,132,228 Population (2060): 2,713,905 Total Water Use (2000): 1,004,335 Acre-Feet * Total Water Use (2060: 1,301,682 Acre-Feet * Primary Rivers: Colorado
* Acre-Foot of Water: the amount of water required to cover an area of one acre to a depth of one foot; once acre-foot of water is equal to 325,851 gallons.
Endangered Species- Barton Creek Salamander
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high aesthetic value; diverse benthic macro invertebrate community
Endangered Species-Jollyville Plateau salamander
Endangered Species-Reddish egret ,Wood stork ,Brown pelican
Endangered Species- Blue Sucker
In 2006, an article in Hydrobiologia discussed these Salamanders being the most scarce in developed areas. This shows that the loss of these springs to development effects the habitat of this species, and becomes a threat to diversity of Region K’s springs.
The protection of bay and estuary inflows is particularly relevant for Region K due to the importance of the Matagorda Bay estuary to the economy and quality of life of the region. Potential impacts from proposed strategies in the 2006 regional plan to the freshwater inflows to Matagorda Bay could be devastating to the region's wildlife and the coastal economy.
It is evident that water is starting to become an issue in today’s society. For Region K, although many of the creeks and rivers sustain high water quality, exceptional aquatic life, and high aesthetic value, both the creeks and rivers still suffer. In almost every creek or river, there is at least one endangered species in each area. As stated before, coastal economy, along with the wildlife, can be devastated from the regional plan concerning freshwater inflows to Matagorda Bay. We have found out though that if the LCRA-SAWS Water Project follows through, much of Region K’s water shortfall of agricultural irrigation and rural communities upstream of Highland Lakes can be improved. Studies of this plan are still in action and will continue until around 2010 or 2015. Hopefully, it can pass the legislative requirements and all other credential so all shortfalls can be resolved.