Canyon Middle School and TEXAS WATCH
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  Watch That Water Please!

Texas Watch is a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas and to ensure the information is available to all Texans. Canyon Middle School students were trained to collect quality-assured information that is used to make environmentally sound decisions. The students that volunteered work with an organization that was established in 1991. Texas Watch is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Currently, over 400 Texas Watch volunteers collect water quality data on lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, bays bayous, and estuaries in Texas. Canyon Middle School volunteers have monitored Canyon Lake, the Guadalupe River at Canyon Lake, Greune River Crossing and Landa Park and Highway 35 Bridge river crossing.

Mrs. Thomas-Jimenez instructing how to use a GPS unit

Eighth Grade


CHANGED TO March 11, 2006

The story behind the name . . .Tonkawa Indians believed ghost fires flickered at the top, and they heard weird creaking and groaning, which geologists now say resulted from the rock's heating by day and contracting in the cool night. A conquistador captured by the Tonkawa described how he escaped by losing himself in the rock area, giving rise to an Indian legend of a "pale man swallowed by a rock and reborn as one of their own." The Indians believed he wove enchantments on the area, but he explained that the rock wove the spells. "When I was swallowed by the rock, I joined the many spirits who enchant this place."


Enchanted Rock Trail Map

Walking and Tent Areas

Climbing Map

Cinde Thomas-Jimenez

The Education Coordinator for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority is always there to help educators and their students in the field and classrooms to learn how Texas Watch and Water Monitoring is done. In the picture above, Cinde is guiding a student through the data sheet and checking for accuracy. Mrs. Thomas-Jimenez and Canyon Middle School students worked together on how to use a GPS units to find satellites for water test site coordinates. This data gives a clearer understanding to where students collected their data. Mrs. Thomas-Jimenez's Web site is designed to help all teachers with water instruction.
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The Edwards Aquifer

Comal Springs


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