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Quiz 13: Edwards Genius Level 2

Part 2 of the Edwards Genius quiz will continue to test your advanced knowledge of Edwards Aquifer facts and help get you ready for the Grand Master Quiz.


Rainfall, the only source of recharge to the Edwards:

a) decreases dramatically from east to west
b) averages about 30" per year in San Antonio
c) can vary widely from year to year
d) peaks in May and September
e) all of the above

George W. Brackenridge drilled the first municipal supply well in the Edwards in:

a) 1891
b) 1952
c) 1492
d) 1519

Hayden Edwards was an 'empresario' who organized some of the earliest Anglo colonization of northeast Texas. The Edwards Aquifer was named for him, but nobody really knows why. As far we know, he never even visited the Edwards Aquifer region.

a) true
b) false

Edwards water is rather high in nitrates, and nobody really knows why, but several possible explanations are:

a) bats. There are lots of caves, and bat guano is very high in nitrates
b) chemical fertilizers
c) nitrates are the end-product of natural treatment processes
d) all of the above

Cedar trees, or ashe juniper, are common in the Edwards region. They:

a) are native to the region
b) use almost no water during dry times
c) are an important endangered species habitat
d) sequester carbon and may help reduce global warming
e) all of the above

This person is known as the Mother of Aquifer Protection. She organized the Aquifer Protection Alliance in the 1970s and in the 1980s was the first woman to serve on the Edwards Underground Water District board of directors.

a) Fay Sinkin
b) Queen Elizabeth II
c) Britney Spears
d) Mrs. Loch Ness

The level of the J-17 index well drops about one foot for each 40,000 acre-feet of water discharged from springs and wells.

a) true
b) false

During peak pumpage periods in the spring and summer the J-17 well level can easily fall over one foot per day.

a) true
b) false

Joe G. Moore, Jr., was a giant in the field of environmental protection. In his long career, he:

a) wrote Texas' first water pollution control laws
b) was executive director of the Texas Water Development Board
c) was director for the National Commission on Water Quality
d) was federal monitor for Edwards regulation
e) all of the above

Medina Lake was constructed partially over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and contributes large amounts of water to recharge.

a) true
b) false