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FOX 7 Launches Underwater Web Cam at Aquarena Center

click here for Fox story about the underwater camera

click here for the Texas State University-San Marcos website - scientific diving and glass bottom boat info

 

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    Contact Information

    Aquarena Center is operated by the Southwest Texas State University's Continuing Education Department's "Diving for Science" program. To find out more information about the program or to enroll in the Scientific Diver course, contact the scientific diving officer, Bridget Lewin, at (512) 245-9769 or go to the center's Web site at www.aquarenacenter.com. The cost of the Scientific Diver course is $200.

    The center is about 28 miles (45 km) south of Austin in San Marcos, Texas. Take Exit 206 off Interstate 35 and travel west on Aquarena Springs Drive about two miles (3.2 km). The center is open seven days a week, but hours may vary seasonally. The center is closed Christmas week and the first week of the New Year. In addition to the glass-bottom boat tours, a variety of educational tours and field trip programs are offered at Aquarena Center. For more information,
    call (512) 245-7540.

     

    World’s Leading Underwater Explorer at Aquarena

    Dr Sylvia Earle will visit Texas State University-San Marcos on March 26, 2008 as a special guest speaker for the university¹s Common Experience. Dr. Earle will also be on hand to cut the ribbon at a ceremony to be held at Aquarena Center at 3pm on Wednesday, March 26th to officially announce the underwater web cam recently provided by television station FOX 7 News in Austin Texas. The general public is invited to attend the ceremony at The Landing, adjacent to Spring Lake.

    Dr. Earle is the National Geographic Explorer in Residence and a Distinguished Lecturer for the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research at Texas State University.  Named Time Magazine's first "Hero for the Planet" in 1999, and called a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, Dr. Earle has authored more than 150 scientific, technical, and popular publications, and appeared in hundreds of television productions.  She has directed over 60 diving expeditions, logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, and set the record for solo diving: 1,000 meters or 3,281 feet.

    The Diving for Science program actively supports Aquarena’s mission with certified divers representing all parts of Texas who help protect and preserve natural springs and aquifers throughout the state.  O’Shea, FOX 7 Vice President of Engineering and Operations, approached Aquarena with his idea of providing the web cam to make an underwater view of Spring Lake available to the public via the World Wide Web. The web cam was recently installed in Aquarena’s “Deep Hole,” one of the most scenic viewing areas and the deepest location in Spring Lake.  Viewers will be able to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the beauty of the sensitive spring-fed habitat; home to 8 endangered and threatened species found only in Spring Lake and San Marcos River.

    The Diving for Science program is a nationally recognized for its unique approach of organizing certified scuba divers to perform strictly regulated tasks in this “critical habitat”.  Divers not only take 40 hours of course work to qualify to join the work group, but they are financially self-supporting. This is in perfect alignment with all of the educational programs at Aquarena that are also self supporting. A totally self-sustaining nature center, aquatic wildlife preserve and a registered historical landmark, Aquarena is a rare and endangered entity all to itself.

    Ron Coley, Aquarena Center Director, calls the installation “a very exciting development.  Allowing the general public to log on to see what is going on underneath Spring Lake will increase awareness of the crystal clear spring-fed water bubbling up from the Edwards Aquifer.  We hope the scenic view motivates people to come enjoy the glass bottom boat tour and get more people interested in our Diving For Science program to learn about this unique aquatic habitat.”

    Visit www.aquarena.txstate.edu for more information about Aquarena¹s Diving for Science program.  To view the underwater web cam located in Deep Hole, visit http://media.myfoxaustin.com/cams/webcams.htm.

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