The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public comment on proposed rules establishing chronic wasting disease (CWD) zones and restricting movement of live deer authorized under TPWD permits to or from properties within those zones. The proposed rules would also restrict movement of specific deer carcass parts from some CWD zones as well as importation of... Read more
Wednesday marked one of many more steps in a lengthy and at times complicated process that reignites a deceptively simple, yet age-old question: How should we divvy up our money? City of San Antonio staff revealed preliminary 2017 Municipal Bond project estimates and spending priorities to City Council that would direct more than half (54%) of the historic $850 million bond... Read more
The Lone Star rail project, after one last Hail Mary with Union Pacific, is approaching the end of the line. And after state and federal regulators cross and dot a few t’s and i’s, it is likely that the Lone Star Rail District, which has been attempting for 13 years to build such a line, will shortly cease... Read more
Last week, the San Antonio Planning Commission removed two important provisions from the SA Tomorrow Plan, one for impervious cover and one for night sky protection. The SA Tomorrow Plan, more than a year in the making, will be the city’s prevailing document setting a tone for development and natural resource protection in San Antonio for years to... Read more
“For the past 60 years, the Ogallala has been pumped out faster than raindrops and snowmelt can seep back into the ground to replenish it, thanks largely to irrigation machinery like the one sleeping nearby. As a result, in parts of western Kansas, the aquifer has declined by more than 60 percent during that period. In some parts,... Read more
“Without leadership from our rapidly urbanizing cities, we stand to lose all of the groundwork we’ve laid to protect night skies in the Hill Country,” said Katherine Romans, Hill Country Alliance executive director. “San Antonio was on the right track in including the consideration of night skies in their plan. It is a shame to see those portions... Read more
The next installment of the Imagine Austin Speaker Series will focus on developing a water plan to take us through the next century. Austin Water Director, Greg Meszaros and Integrated Water Resource Plan Community Task Force Chair and HCA board member, Sharlene Leurig will share insights on the process and the importance of creating an austintexas.gov/speakerseries long-term plan... Read more
Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley writes that he will ask the county judge and fellow commissioners to help fund an initiative to “develop the science and monitoring that we need to make informed decisions” about groundwater pumping from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers in Hays County. “We are blessed in our community to have several different... Read more
August 23-25, 2016 at the San Marcos [...]
August 23-25, 2016 at the San Marcos Embassy Suites and Conference Center
The Texas Groundwater Summit is the premiere groundwater event in Texas. The event provides a great mix of expert presentations on all areas of groundwater management and networking opportunities for the groundwater community.
We expect to have more than two dozen exhibitors and 300 groundwater industry leaders, community stakeholders, agency representatives and elected officials in attendance.
This year, our program will include a glance into the 85th Legislative Session, as well as sessions on brackish groundwater, aquifer storage and recovery, well drilling and enforcement, energy and groundwater, joint planning, and more. You won’t want to miss it!
Who Should Attend?
- Groundwater Conservation District staff and board members
- Well drillers and well technology companies
- Water providers and planners
- Groundwater stakeholders, including agriculture, oil & gas, environmental and industrial
- Attorneys, hydrogeologists, and engineers working in the water field
- Groundwater technology experts and vendors
- Anyone interested in the future of groundwater in Texas
23 (Tuesday) - 25 (Thursday)
National Park Service Centennial to be Commemorated on August 25 with Birthday Cake, Special Activities, and Tours of Texas White House Second [...]
National Park Service Centennial to be Commemorated on August 25 with
Birthday Cake, Special Activities, and Tours of Texas White House Second Floor
JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS – On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service to care for the country’s national parks. At its inception the fledgling agency managed 35 national parks and monuments. Over the past century the national park system expanded to its current size of 412 park units. On Thursday, August 25, 2016, you are invited to join the park staff at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to celebrate 100 years of preserving many of America’s most treasured places. During this anniversary celebration the park will host several activities throughout the day.
Park visitors are invited to participate in National Park Service (NPS) Centennial activities on August 25, including signing large birthday cards, eating birthday cake, and making souvenir buttons. Park Ranger David Graveline will present “100 Years of America’s Best Idea!” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at the LBJ Ranch. Visitors attending this program will learn about NPS history and test their NPS knowledge with trivia that will have an LBJ twist. Throughout the day in the park visitor center in Johnson City, the park will screen the 55-minute film The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty. Narrated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, this 2016 film takes viewers on a tour through the fourteen national parks and two historic trails in Texas.
On August 25 the park will offer special limited tours of the Texas White House that will include the home’s second floor. Led by park rangers, these six-person tours will be offered during the morning and late afternoon of August 25. All visitors going on these tours must be able to ascend and descend a stairway and be able to stand throughout the 55-minute tour. Children and infants will each need a ticket—even if carried. Reservations for these limited tours will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:30 am on Monday, August 15 by calling 830-868-7128 ext. 246.
In celebration of the NPS Centennial, all Texas White House tours will be free from Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28. Tickets for the regularly-scheduled first-floor tours can be obtained each day at the LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information call 830-868-7128 ext. 231 or 244, or visit www.nps.gov/lyjo and www.facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 412 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice. For more information on the NPS Centennial visit www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm.
All Day (Thursday)
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2 (Friday) - 5 (Monday)
(Saturday) 8:00 am
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Save the Date:
3rd Annual Blanco County Master Gardeners Gardenscape FUNdamentals: “Garden to Table”
Oct. 8, 9-4 at the Blanco High School Ag building
(Saturday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
“The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi-county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.” Learn More About HCA
State Water Plan:
TWDB Director’s presentation on the 2017 State Water Plan
After the Storm:
Letting the River Heal
After the Storm: