The Planning Commission recommended approval of San Antonio’s new comprehensive plan Wednesday, despite fierce opposition from more than a dozen neighborhood leaders who asked to delay the vote, arguing they weren’t adequately included in the process to develop the document. In another vote Wednesday, a split commission agreed to remove two proposals from the city’s new sustainability plan.... 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
While using a toxin that could help put a dent in the worldwide feral hog plague still has hurdles to clear, preliminary studies are showing promise, according to wildlife biologist John Kinsey. “This is not the end-all, be-all control measure, but it can become another tool for our (hog-control) tool box,” Kinsey told landowners last weekend at the... Read more
“In contrast to large master-planned communities that tout man-made amenities like golf courses and swimming pools, “these are the only amenities,” he says of the 9 miles of nature trails and scenic views from bluffs overlooking Onion Creek.” Toward a Regional Plan for the Texas Hill Country, a UT report created in partnership with Hill Country Alliance, refers... Read more
The City of Dripping Springs has requested a permit to discharge treated sewage into Onion Creek. Residents, downstream municipalities, and the local aquifer protection districts are concerned by the potential contamination of this pristine creek, local drinking water, downstream aquifers, and drinking water wells. The City of Dripping Springs has requested a new permit from the Texas Commission... Read more
Boerne based Hill Country Weekly gives us a great human interest story that includes the details what can happen when water and politics mix. Kendall County’s Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District is featured as it applies its rules to help residents of Fair Oaks Ranch stop a high-density development. Sandra Senecal, Staff Writer Hill Country Weekly The mayor ... Read more
One of the challenges of urban economic development is that most conferences and case studies profile efforts in large, internationally-known cities. While large cities tend to captivate America’s attention, there are small cities lurking in their shadows – and these places are proving to be some of America’s most beloved communities. At last month’s National Main Streets Conference,... Read more
A miniature version of the Vista Ridge pipeline dispute is unfolding here over a local utility’s bid to convey groundwater to its customers from a new well proposed miles outside its service area. As with the San Antonio Water System’s plan to pipe in water 140 miles from Burleson County, some here are upset by Kendall West Utility’s... Read more
Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan July 28-29, 2016 9 am - 5 pm and 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Draft Agenda Registration Form to pay by mail Register [...]
Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan
July 28-29, 2016
9 am – 5 pm and 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, Texas 78753 (map)
The workshop will provide professionals including municipalities, river authorities, consultants, water and natural resource professionals with tools to develop and implement a surface water quality monitoring program and will cover surface water quality monitoring for watershed characterization, evaluation of water quality improvements as well as BMP effectiveness from implementation activities. Through presentations by experts in the field and case studies will provide participants with an understanding of what monitoring is needed for watershed protection planning. Participants will learn about inventorying existing resources, selecting monitoring design, stormwater sampling and considerations to build a successful monitoring plan. This course also includes hands on experience with creating a monitoring plan and equipment demonstrations.
Training topics include:
- Data quality objectives
- Identifying available data
- Determining data gaps and needs
- Monitoring plan development to meet data quality objectives and support modeling
- Selecting monitoring types, locations, equipment and laboratory analysis
- Obtaining stakeholder input
- Developing QAPPs for monitoring and acquiring data
- Workshop portion for collaboratively creating monitoring plans
The course registration fee is $150, which includes course materials and a certificate of completion.
Participants may register for this training through the mail with the registration form or online and more information is available at the Texas Watershed Planning website or by contacting Dictson at 979-458-5915 or email@example.com.
The institute is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.
The training course is supported by funding from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a U.S. Environmental Protection agency nonpoint source grant.
28 (Thursday) - 29 (Friday)
Travis Audubon: Purple Martin Roosting nights Embassy Suites Hotel Parking lot, Austin. 2016 Dates: July 8-9, July 15-16, July 22-23, July 29-30 Friday [...]
Travis Audubon: Purple Martin Roosting nights
Embassy Suites Hotel Parking lot, Austin.
2016 Dates: July 8-9, July 15-16, July 22-23, July 29-30
Friday and Saturday nights, 7:45 – 9:00 pm, FREE
Purple Martins have a major roosting site in Austin, originally at the Highland Mall and last year at Capital Plaza. This year the Purple Martins are roosting at the Embassy Suites Hotel parking lot at 5901 N. I-35 Frontage Road.
Plan to arrive at the roost about 7:30. Watch a hurricane of birds as hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins “swirl” into their roosting site each evening. It’s better than the bats!
Binoculars are optional. Lawn chairs, cameras, and hats or umbrellas are highly recommended! You might also want to bring some money for Purple Martin or Travis Audubon merchandise; you definitely want to include your curiosity and sense of wonder. Join us for a unique night of urban birding!
29 (Friday) 7:45 pm - 30 (Saturday) 9:00 pm
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 am
Nightscape Photography at Enchanted Rock State Park CLASS DATE: Saturday, August 13 - Sunday, August 14, 2016 HOURS: 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. LOCATION: Enchanted Rock [...]
Nightscape Photography at Enchanted Rock State Park
CLASS DATE: Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14, 2016
HOURS: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
LOCATION: Enchanted Rock State Park
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
COST: $250.00 – REGISTER ONLINE
Spend a summer night under the stars at beautiful Enchanted Rock State Park while learning the foundations of composition and exposure for various types of nighttime photography.
Primary topics covered:
- Exposure Triangle
- Long Exposure for nightscapes
- Light painting
- Star photography with DSLR cameras
- Shooting in the outdoors
- Types of editing software
How the class works: We spend the first two hours learning the basics of photography and Bud’s easy to learn foundation of the exposure triangle and how to shoot your camera on full manual! We break for dinner from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. then spend the next few hours light painting with flashlights and other various types of illumination. From there, we venture onto and around Enchanted Rock for nightscape and star photography. Once the class wraps at 2 a.m., participants can either take off back home or venture back to the classroom pavilion to continue shooting nightscapes or camp at the classroom and grab some sleep. (Sleeping/camping near the pavilion is included in your dues, but no fires are allowed).
Requirements: DSLR camera (or camera capable of long exposure) and tripod.
13 (Saturday) 6:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 2:00 pm
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)
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2 (Friday) - 5 (Monday)
(Saturday) 8:00 am
(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 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: