The beauty of the region’s nighttime skies was the featured attraction of a presentation sponsored by Bandera City Councilwoman Rebeca Gibson last week in preparation for the development of controls designed to keep light pollution from possibly taking that celestial treasure away. Gibson pulled together about 15 representatives of governing bodies and civic organizations to hear a presentation... Read more
Checking into our Junction motel, we asked the desk clerk about fun things to do in town. She quipped, “When you find out, let me know.”True, for a student at Texas Tech University-Junction like her, this old Edwards Plateau ranching town offers little social life. Yet for buddy Joe Starr of Houston and me, it served as an... Read more
In a city with rising incomes and declining unemployment, it stands to reason that home prices would go up as well. Such is the case in San Antonio. Incomes in the Texas city grew 4.5% between the first quarters of 2016 and 2017, nearly a percentage point more than the national average. The problem is home prices were... Read more
Someone wandering along the banks of the Rio Grande, on the American side, in the summer of 2009 might have been startled by a small cardboard box plummeting to the ground. Neatly sealed with blue packing tape, its paper wrapping crisp and clean, the box would have felt light, even empty. But then, on further inspection, an observer... Read more
Read an update from hydrologists at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment about a collapse feature that has developed along Cypress Creek in the Woodcreek Subdivision. A dye test conducted by the Meadows Center shows the extent of the connectivity between the collapse feature and downstream areas along the creek. Updated Technical Note on Cypress Creek... Read more
On Sunday, July 9th, volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist Program joined staff from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Llano River Watershed Alliance, Hill Country Alliance, and Texas Tech University Field Station at the South Llano River State Park in Junction. The team worked together to identify native tree saplings and install caging around them, to protect... Read more
The Gregg Ranch development leads the way as the first major corporate sponsor of the Gateway to the Hill Country Beautification Project. Located at US Highway 281 and Texas Highway 71, the Project will feature native Texas wildflowers on 56 acres of grassy median, easements and clover leaf sections of the highway right-of-way. The Hill Country beautification project is being spearheaded by... Read more
Residents can do their part to protect local rivers and streams with simple tasks, even if they don’t live near water. That’s the message Daniel Oppenheimer, land manager of the Hill Country Alliance, will be presenting during his talk “Restoring Creekside Habitat by Controlling Invasive Species; Invasive Plants of the Pedernales River Basin” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July... Read more
Applications being accepted for the Texas Master Naturalist Capital Area Chapter 2018 Class Beginning August 1st and running through August 31st, [...]
Applications being accepted for the Texas Master Naturalist Capital Area Chapter 2018 Class
Beginning August 1st and running through August 31st, the Capital Area Master Naturalist Chapter will accept applications for the class of 2018, which begins in the fall of 2017 and runs through April, 2018.
The mission of the Texas Master Naturalists is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. The organization is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The Capital Area chapter, based in Austin and Travis County, has over 150 active members and provides over 9000 volunteer hours with partner organizations.
Our classes are held on Saturdays from mid-November through late April at a variety of sites in and around Austin. New students are accepted through a selective application process. More information is available at www.camn.org. Applications can be accessed at the same website beginning August 1st.
1 (Tuesday) - 31 (Thursday)
(Friday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Monday) 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
(Friday) 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2017 Texas Groundwater Summit The 2017 [...]
The Texas Groundwater Summit is one of Texas’ premiere annual groundwater events, bringing together a diverse group of groundwater professionals over three days to discuss emerging trends and new research. The event provides a mix of expert presentations on all areas of groundwater management, as well as networking opportunities for the groundwater community. We expect to have more than two dozen exhibitors and 350 groundwater industry leaders, community stakeholders, agency representatives and elected officials in attendance. This year, our program will offer a particular focus on the outcomes of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. You won’t want to miss it!
29 (Tuesday) - 31 (Thursday)
Living Heritage Symposium September 6-8 at the historic Bexar County Courthouse The San Antonio Living Heritage Symposium is a collaborative [...]
Living Heritage Symposium
September 6-8 at the historic Bexar County Courthouse
The San Antonio Living Heritage Symposium is a collaborative forum bringing international and local heritage professionals, policy-makers, grassroots preservationists and academics together for an exchange of ideas leading to the development of best practices for safeguarding cultural heritage.
Experts will present relevant work and attendees will work together in World Cafe style workshops to draft recommendations that San Antonio and other U.S. cities can utilize.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Historic Preservationists, Heritage Management Professionals, Urban Planners, Architects, Cultural Properties Specialists, Cultural Resources Managers, Tribal Leaders, Grassroots Preservationists, Diversity Officers, Academics working in relevant fields, and municipal employees engaged in economic departments, urban planning, development services and sustainability.
The expectation is participants will bring a level of expertise and experience which will advance heritage tools in policy and regulation in the United States.
A limited number of observer seats will be open for community members.
For more information on the symposium and who should attend, please contact the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation at (210) 207-0035 or e-mail at OHP@sanantonio.gov.
6 (Wednesday) - 8 (Friday)
19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference September 17-21, 2017 Visit Website The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, in partnership with The San Antonio River Authority, Texas [...]
19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference
September 17-21, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, in partnership with The San Antonio River Authority, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), and States in Region 6 are hosting the 19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
This conference will address and discuss the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations.
The annual EPA Region 6 Outstanding Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Project Competition will be judged and awarded during this conference. More information about this competition will be available soon.
17 (Sunday) - 21 (Thursday)
“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