Thomas Hille follows a simple rule when he jogs along the winding trails of Friedrich Wilderness Park, an oasis of untouched land near the busy Interstate 10 corridor on the far Northwest Side. “If you always turn left, you never get lost,” Hille said with a laugh as he prepared for an early morning trail run at the... Read more
By Colleen Schreiber, Livestock Weekly The Texas Foundation for Conservation, a new nonprofit, is joining the fight to protect Texas fish and wildlife for future generations. Opposed to privatization of wildlife, the group applauds the founders of the North American model for wildlife conservation but endorses the public trust doctrine which establishes a trustee relationship obligating government... Read more
During the recent drought, my office heard constantly from people concerned about the lack of water in our lakes. But now that the lakes are full and people are enjoying their boats and beautiful sunsets, a lot of people seem to be under the impression that we are out of the woods. I don’t think we are. There... Read more
What if there was a way to irrigate less but still have good-looking landscapes? Thanks to research results recently published by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), homeowners and landscapers can now learn exactly how little water is needed by popular Central Texas ornamental plants to not only... Read more
The pictographs of the Pecos River have lasted millennia in a tempestuous desert, surviving mostly in silence. Now an archaeologist has cracked the code — and they can begin to speak again. September 12, 2012, was a long day, but a good one. For Carolyn Boyd it started with a 30-minute drive from her home in Comstock to... Read more
An application to build a controversial 11-story hotel on Spicewood Springs Road has been temporarily withdrawn, according to an Austin city councilwoman. In an email message to her constituents, Sheri Gallo, who represents District 10, said developer David Kahn made the decision a day after meeting with Gallo and her senior policy advisor. Plans for the hotel, which... Read more
The big problem in Texas: no local species appears to beat crazy ants. Hoping to underscore his point about a new pestilence that has arrived in Central Texas, ant researcher Edward LeBrun pointed to a Mason jar in his office. The jar looked like it was filled with blackberry jam. But it was actually filled, top to bottom,... Read more
The Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge grew by 520 acres this week with the addition of a coveted piece of Hill Country land known as Peaceful Springs. The parcel, south of Liberty Hill about 45 miles northwest of downtown Austin, features rolling hills, steep limestone canyons, freshwater springs and an open oak savanna. It offers habitat for two... Read more
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Water 101 – Presentation Planned for Johnson City Public Library “Third Thursday” The final “Third Thursday” lecture of 2016 at the Johnson City Public Library will feature Water 101¸ a [...]
Water 101 – Presentation Planned for Johnson City Public Library “Third Thursday”
The final “Third Thursday” lecture of 2016 at the Johnson City Public Library will feature Water 101¸ a presentation by Charlie Flatten, Water Policy Manager for the Hill Country Alliance. The lecture will take place 6 pm on Tuesday, December 13, at Johnson City Public Library, 501 Nugent Ave. Johnson City, TX 78636. Third Thursday is free and open to the public.
Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource in Central Texas. But water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population. How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future? There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children and future generations.
Water 101 is a Hill Country Alliance presentation that will answer questions about how much water we use and on what, where we get our water, how we manage our limited water resources, and how we must balance varying demands on our water supply.
Join us as we explore water science, law, management, and the future of water resources in the Hill Country from a conservation based perspective.
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm
17 (Friday) - 19 (Sunday)
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Save the Date! Texas Night Sky Festival Saturday, March 18, 2017 Dripping Springs, TX International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Texas, the City of Dripping Springs, [...]
Save the Date!
Texas Night Sky Festival
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Dripping Springs, TX
International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Texas, the City of Dripping Springs, and the Hays County Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist will host the 2nd Annual Texas Night Sky Festival, a free celebration of the Texas Night Sky!
All attendees will join in fun citizen science activities, learn from engaging speakers and exhibits, see examples of good lighting for their home or business, view school projects and competition entries focused on protecting the night sky, feast at the food trucks, take home a book or work of art inspired by the night sky, earn a related scouting badge, or explore the stars.
Save the date to join us for a fun family event! If you have any questions, please call 512-858-4725.
All Day (Saturday)
“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