The Edwards Aquifer is a unique groundwater system and provides drinking water for millions of people in Central Texas. Central Texas has seen an increase in urban development across this region and poses a threat to its water supply and water quality. A literature review and an analysis of existing risk assessment frameworks was conducted to gather information about the Edwards Aquifer and other karst aquifers around the world. The information gathered from the literature review and analysis assisted in the development of the Edwards Aquifer Vulnerability Interface. This tool identifies vulnerable areas in the Edwards Aquifer and can strengthen existing laws and protocols for urban development in this region. The Edwards Aquifer Vulnerability can ultimately prevent further degradation caused by anthropogenic activities and can play a crucial role in protecting the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer.
Ybarra, Julie, "Risk Assessment of Urban Development in the Recharge Zone of the Karstic Edwards Aquifer: A Literature Survey and Analysis" (2023). Water Resources Science and Technology Theses and Graduate Research Reports. 5.