Scuba diving in Spring Lake, for any reason, is complicated by the delicate nature of the environment. Declared a "Critical Habitat" in 1980, Spring Lake is home to eight federally listed species and is governed by the rules and regulations of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. In addition, Spring Lake is registered as an Archaeological site governed by the rules of the state of Texas Antiquities Law. Consequently there is no recreational diving in Spring Lake.
The Diving for Science program was designed to protect and preserve the abundant natural, historical, and cultural resources found in Spring Lake’s aquatic environment. The Diving for Science course is an authorization course specifically for diving in Spring Lake. The program establishes protocols and ensures that research objectives are met while diving in a safe manner.
Once completed, the Diving for Science program provides countless opportunities for researchers and volunteers to scuba dive in Spring Lake in support of program objectives.
The Meadow Center's Diving for Science program is an excellent way to scuba dive in spring-fed water from the Edwards Aquifer and at the same time become involved in one of the largest habitat restoration projects in the country.