November, 2011The Cibolo Nature Center has received a grant of $100,000 from the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation to support an initiative to protect water quality in a four-mile section of Cibolo Creek that provides recharge to the Edwards and Trinity aquifers.
The Cibolo Conservation Corridor encompasses watershed lands surrounding four miles of the Cibolo Creek adjacent to the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne and directly downstream, where the water discharges into both the Edwards and Trinity aquifers – and area under intense pressure from development. The goal of the Cibolo Conservation Corridor Initiative is to conserve the natural lands that protect this vital water resource. The CCC Initiative also works to influence protection of the headwaters of Cibolo Creek, approximately 23 miles upstream of the Cibolo Nature Center.
"The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is pleased to support the Cibolo Nature Center and its important work to protect Cibolo Creek," said Mitchell Foundation Environmental Program Director Marilu Hastings. "With the current drought and increasing pressure on fresh water in Central Texas, we see the science and education work of Cibolo Nature Center as a model for how to protect critical water resources and habitat."
“We very much appreciate the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation’s continued support for conservation of this important part of Cibolo Creek,” said Cibolo Nature Center Executive Director Carolyn Chipman Evans. “Through the Cibolo Conservation Corridor Initiative, and with our partners, the CNC facilitates leadership coordination, stewardship, education and research.”
Chipman Evans added that the CCC Initiative is helping the Cibolo Nature Center build its research capacity to study endangered species and land management practices, continue to provide leadership in both water quality and quantity issues within the watershed, and expand its existing education and research programs for children and adults.
The objectives of the Cibolo Conservation Corridor Initiative are to:
· Preserve Cibolo Creek, its riparian buffers and adjacent lands from the Cibolo Nature Center to the aquifer recharge zone.
· Develop relationships with adjacent landowners to encourage conservation.
· Expand constituencies that support land and water conservation.
· Maintain collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other partners to seek additional conservation solutions.
· Develop and strengthen governmental agency relationships and partnerships, using data from Citizen Science research to inform policies related to land and water conservation.
· Inform the public about the value of ecological services that improve water quality, moderate floods, and maintain base flows in streams and springs.
· Pursue conservation roles and relationships in the region.
· Continue and expand land stewardship education.
· Develop and expand water resource education curricula.
· Work with the City of Boerne to create a green master plan that includes the CCC Initiative.
· Provide leadership to the Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership program.
· Continue developing and expanding Citizen Science water quality and aquatic ecosystem monitoring, including the creation of a Citizen Science web application, or app, for mobile devices that is currently in development
The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation is dedicated to enhancing quality of life by nurturing artistic and scientific creativity, and by supporting innovative solutions to humanitarian, educational and environmental problems.
The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The Cibolo Nature Center’s mission is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. Learn more at www.cibolo.org.