A group of education leaders that includes Ruth Simmons, the first African- American president of an Ivy League university, gathered in Austin Tuesday morning to announce the establishment of the Holdsworth Center for Excellence in Education Leadership. The public education leadership institute was founded by Charles Butt, the chairman and CEO of H-E-B, who has pledged $100 million of... Read more
The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) announced the appointment of a new member to its board of directors, Dr. Francine S. Romero. HCA also announced the appointment of Judge Garry Merritt of Real County as board president, taking over for Dr. Leo Tynan of Fredericksburg who served as board president for two years. Romero brings expertise in planning and... Read more
The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is hosting a landowner workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Bass Conference Facility, 138 Kerr WMA Rd W, Hunt, TX 78024. This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long... Read more
Jennifer Reiley | The Kerrville Daily Times | Kerr County commissioners are in support of protecting the night skies of the Hill Country from light pollution. Local Realtor Jim Wills and his wife, Kadi, came back to commissioners court Monday with a revised resolution regarding an initiative to help protect the night skies in Kerr County. Commissioners approved... Read more
The subject of land stewardship has gained a great deal of positive attention in the last decade, but although the term is commonly used, it has seldom been clearly defined. When a phrase comes into such popular use, there is a danger of it becoming merely an overused buzzword, obscuring some of its true meaning. This lesson will... Read more
Jennifer Reiley | Kerrville Daily Times | A new Texas legislative session launches Tuesday, and Kerr County will have new and returning representation in the 85th Legislature. Dawn Buckingham, an opthamologist from Lakeway, is the newly elected senator representing District 24, which includes Kerr County. She will be sworn in for the first time Tuesday. “I am so... Read more
When the Lone Star Rail project fell apart last year, communities along I-35 were left looking for a new plan that would reduce travel time between San Antonio and Austin. Now, they think they’ve found one. It’s still about rail, but the vision is bigger than San Antonio to Austin. And drivers who are “Stuck Behind the Wheel”... Read more
You’ve probably heard many reports on how expensive it is to live in Austin, but a new report finds that Hays County is one of the country’s least affordable rental markets for millennials. Hays County follows the trend playing out in most major U.S. markets – it’s still more affordable to buy a home than it is to... Read more
Water for Texas 2017: Innovation at Work January 23-25, 2017 Austin, Texas, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Featured Topics: Conservation and innovative water technologies Groundwater science 2017 State Water [...]
Water for Texas 2017: Innovation at Work
January 23-25, 2017
Austin, Texas, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
- Conservation and innovative water technologies
- Groundwater science
- 2017 State Water Plan
- Geographic data services
- Water Data Interactive
- Flood funding initiatives
- TWDB’s financial assistance programs
- Alternative project delivery
- Texas water policy
Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Dr. Leroy Chiao, International Space Station Commander
Roy Spence, Co-founder and Chairman of GSD&M; Co-founder and CEO of the Purpose Institute
Evan Smith, CEO and Co-founder of the Texas Tribune
Dr. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Charles Perry, State Senator, District 28
Lyle Larson, State Representative, District 122
Eddie Lucio III, State Representative, District 27
Kirk Watson, State Senator, District 14
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, State Senator, District 20
Tracy King, State Representative, District 80
23 (Monday) - 25 (Wednesday)
Barstow Speaker Series: Texas Water Legislative Preview with Keffer and Workman January 25, 2017 7:30-9:00 a.m. Austin Board of Realtors Facility, 4800 Spicewood Springs Rd. Tickets are $20 Learn more and purchase tickets:
Barstow Speaker Series: Texas Water Legislative Preview with Keffer and Workman
January 25, 2017
Austin Board of Realtors Facility, 4800 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Tickets are $20
Learn more and purchase tickets: http://coloradoriver.org/newsite/our-programs/community-engagement-programs/barstow-speaker-series/
Details: Breakfast discussion on key water issues in the 85th session of the Texas legislature, featuring Representative Paul Workman and retiring Representative Jim Keffer. Topics will likely include changes in state regulations of waterways, transfers of water between river basins, and the management of groundwater. Also, for the first time, the Barstow Speaker Series will be live-streamed to “watch parties” up and down the Colorado River basin, helping communities across our basin stay informed about these issues. Watch parties are currently confirmed in Bastrop, Bay City, and San Angelo.
(Wednesday) 7:30 am - 9:00 am
2 (Thursday) - 3 (Friday)
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Water quality training workshop, Feb. 7 in New Braunfels A Texas Watershed Steward water quality workshop related to the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River watersheds will be [...]
Water quality training workshop, Feb. 7 in New Braunfels
A Texas Watershed Steward water quality workshop related to the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River watersheds will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 7 at the New Braunfels City Hall, 550 Landa St. in New Braunfels.
The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the City of New Braunfels.
The program will include a discussion of watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management. Learn more
(Tuesday) 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Urban Riparian Symposium February 15-17, 2017 BioScience Research Collaborative Building, Rice University, Houston, TX Pre-conference workshops on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Workshops 1 and 2 are $25 and are offered concurrently from 9:00 [...]
Urban Riparian Symposium
February 15-17, 2017
BioScience Research Collaborative Building, Rice University, Houston, TX
Pre-conference workshops on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Workshops 1 and 2 are $25 and are offered concurrently from 9:00 – 4:30, while workshop 3 is $20 and will be held over lunch hour (12:00-4:30 PM). These workshops include a combined outdoor field trip to stream restoration sites on tributary to Big Gulch, Big Gulch, and Greens Bayou. The field portion will be in the afternoon from 1:30-4:30 PM. Costs of $20-25 will include a boxed lunch, materials, and field trip transportation to afternoon field location.
Three workshops are available including:
1. Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology 101
Instructors: Brett Jordan and Cory Stull
2. Riparian Vegetation ID and Function
Instructors: Steve Nelle, Kenneth Mayben, and Ricky Linex. This workshop will cover how to use wetland indicators, stability ratings, and plant communities to help design restoration that provide stability for the system based on local objectives.
3. Working with Stakeholders and Communities – Techniques for Engagement .
Instructors: Asakura Robinson Company
15 (Wednesday) - 17 (Friday)
17 (Friday) - 19 (Sunday)
23 (Thursday) - 24 (Friday)
Watershed Protection Programs: Healthy Waterways at a Community Scale With the population of central Texas expected to double in the next twenty years, tremendous pressure is being put on the natural [...]
Watershed Protection Programs: Healthy Waterways at a Community Scale
With the population of central Texas expected to double in the next twenty years, tremendous pressure is being put on the natural resources that we have previously taken for granted. Local communities are beginning to take action to protect local waterways that we rely on for drinking, recreation, ecological services, and economic stability.
Join the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas Public Radio, and the Hill Country Alliance as we gather perspectives on the challenges and benefits of Watershed Protection Programs in Texas and abroad.
Thursday February 23rd, 2017
Texas State University Student Center: LBJ Teaching Theater in San Marcos
Doors open at 6:30
Program 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Parking in the LBJ parking garage for a nominal fee – Directions
Welcome and Moderator: Andy Sansom PhD
Meredith Miller, the Meadows Center
Chris Herrington, Water Resource Evaluation Section Manager – City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
Dianne Wassenich, Program Manager – San Marcos River Foundation
Brian Koch, Regional Watershed Coordinator – Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board
(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