Armed with $2 million in legislative appropriations to help bring more of the state’s high-value working farm and ranch lands under long term conservation protection, the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council held its inaugural meeting under the administration of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The goal of the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program... Read more
From his rolling Hill Country spread, Wes Pitts can watch changes in gray-green Onion Creek as it riffles by. This is the same creek that twice in 2015 flooded poor neighborhoods in Southeast Austin, but here, miles upstream, on a windy, dry late January day, it wends amiably. From beneath the oaks, pecans and elms that line the... Read more
Six Republican candidates vying for the Texas Senate District 24 seat of retiring Sen. Troy Fraser attended a candidate forum last Wednesday at the Hill Country University Center. Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, moderated a two-hour forum in which candidates answered questions ranging from higher education to water issues. Attending were physician Dawn Buckingham, rancher... Read more
Texas House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources debated the long-term ability of water rich rural regions to supply the thirsty growth of municipalities. Growing Texas metroplexes will continue to advocate for Interregional water supply pipelines to supply their projected demands while rural residents who will supply this water worry about their aquifers’ sustainability. The Sierra Club’s Ken... Read more
There has been considerable interest in the Hill Country about the EPA’s new Waters of the US (WOTUS) rules clarifications. The debate revolves around the EPA including more waterways into its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act than it traditionally has. (We should remember that the rules explicitly exempt Agricultural uses.) A good explanation of the evolving rules comes... Read more
Ironically, a few days before the Texas Stream Team training at Texas Tech Junction, members of the Llano River Watershed Alliance hiking just downstream of the junction of the North and South Llano Rivers, observed pools of algae-covered water along the Llano River near the Interstate-10 Bridge. Upon notifying the City, Junction Mayor Russell Hammonds and the City’s Water and wastewater Superintendent investigated the report and discovered that the sanitary sewer... Read more
As light pollution continues to increase from rapidly growing urban sprawl, the sparkling starlit night skies of Texas have dulled for many across the state. Instead of allowing our magnificent star-filled nights to fade into a cherished memory, there is a statewide effort to limit excessive artificial lighting and restore the brilliance of the glittering night time sky.... Read more
AUSTIN, Texas — New strategies for protecting the Texas Hill Country came out of a recently published study by regional planning experts and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. The study addresses threats to water resources, scenic beauty and cultural heritage in the face of rapid population growth in the region. “Toward a... Read more
The first Texas Water Symposium of 2016 has been set for February 11th at Texas State University in San Marcos. The program will feature a conversation between leading groundwater scientists [...]
The first Texas Water Symposium of 2016 has been set for February 11th at Texas State University in San Marcos. The program will feature a conversation between leading groundwater scientists about the long-term health of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, and its ability to sustainably serve the needs of a thirsty region.
The symposium will take place from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, February 11 in the LBJ Room of the Texas State University Student Center, San Marcos, TX. The Texas Water Symposium is free and open to the public. Parking is available on campus in the LBJ parking garage near the Student Center.
Texas State University Geography Department, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and the Hill Country Alliance have gathered a highly qualified group of aquifer scientists to explore the various aspects of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer’s characteristics and carrying capacity.
Dr. Robert E. Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator, Water Science and Conservation, Texas Water Development Board will moderate the program.
Panelists will include:
- Bill Hutchison Ph.D., P.E., P.G. – Former Groundwater Resources Director of the Texas Water Development Board and practicing hydro-geologist
- James Bene P.G. – Practicing hydro-geologist, principal at R.W. Harden & Associates, Inc.
- George Rice P.G. – Practicing hydro-geologist
- Steve Young Ph.D., P.E., P.G. – Practicing hydro-geologist, principal at INTERA Geosciences
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The League of Women Voters of Comal Area community forum on “The Future of the Hill Country Thursday, February 18, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, in Bulverde. The [...]
The League of Women Voters of Comal Area community forum on “The Future of the Hill Country
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, in Bulverde.
The forum will present findings from a study just released, “Toward a Regional Plan for the Texas Hill Country.” The presentation will include a description of our Hill Country assets and of possible threats from growth, weak regulatory frameworks, pollution, and natural disaster. Speakers will compare some possible future scenarios for our region and make recommendations for strategies for public policy. They will address growth in urban areas and discuss low-impact development.
The forum’s two speakers participated in the study, which was completed by the University of Texas (UT) School of Architecture and facilitated by the Hill Country Alliance (HCA). Cliff Kaplan is a Program Manager at HCA and coordinated the Hill Country Studio, the partnership between HCA and UT that produced the report. Britin Bostick worked in architecture and construction project management before deciding to pursue graduate degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Public Affairs at UT Austin. Both speakers are working with partners across the region on the strategies outlined in the University of Texas report.
LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane explained, “With all the new construction happening in New Braunfels and Bulverde, and the road work being done across Comal County, community members are wondering about the impacts of growth for our future. We invite all residents and elected officials to come learn about choices and alternative futures for our region.” For details contact: Jensie Madden, 830-935-3360, J-DMadden@att.net
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
20th Annual Texas Land Conservation Conference! March 2 - 4, 2016 in Austin
2 (Wednesday) - 4 (Friday)
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 3:00 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
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