December 2009 News Archive

  • December 31, 2009
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December 30, 2009 TCEQ public hearing this Thursday, Jan 4th at 7pm – Wastewater discharge into Lake Travis The Protect Lake Travis Association newsletter covers all the details. Concerned landowners, lake business owners and residents should attend and make comments. Read more here. December 29, 2009 Native Plant Society – Kerrville Chapter Check out the latest newsletter from the Kerrville Chapter of the Native Plant Society. “Dedicated to the understanding, preservation, and enjoyment of the native flora of the Texas…

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2009 County Authority News

December 19, 2009 Travis County commissioners ponder quarry project If recent history is a guide, the Travis County Commissioners will approve plans this week for a quarry just east of Austin that would pull gravel from the ground just a few hundred feet from homes. But as the Tuesday vote approaches, commissioners say the proposal — brought by Texas Industries Inc., known as TXI, the state’s largest cement producer — has raised new questions. And this time commissioners say they…

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2009 Native Landscape News

April 20, 2009 Hill Country Cruising Spring in the Texas Hill Country is the perfect time for motorcycle enthusiasts to take to the open road and enjoy the wilflowers and bluebonnets in full bloom. “Hill Country Cruising”, a website dedicated to motorcycle riding in the Texas Hill Country is a terrific resource for information and links about wildflowers and scenic drives. View website April 15, 2009 Green building and landscaping a growing local trend About a dozen designers, architects and…

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2009 Local/Sustainable Agriculture News

July 24, 2009 Market to menu State agriculture program links farms, farmers markets and restaurants. Read full Austin Business Journal article here. July 11, 2009 Well of Controversy: Water Hogs Threaten Farm Local organic grower Tecolote Farm may be forced out of business if the current climate – political and meteorological – doesn’t change soon. The farm needs water, and when it doesn’t come from the hot skies, it must be pumped from the ground. Unfortunately, the state’s lack of…

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2009 Land Stewardship News

September 17, 2009 Army, warbler making peace The Nature Conservancy and Fort Sam Houston were poised to announce today a five-year agreement to bolster Camp Bullis by finding and purchasing land to set aside as habitat for an endangered songbird. Read full SA Express article here. August 28, 2009 Conservancy shifts into high gear Scott Storm decided the best way to keep his family’s ranch together was through a conservation agreement that would protect more than 5,000 acres covered in…

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2009 Habitat Conservation News

November 12, 2009 Public Hearing for Hays County RHCP Hays County will conduct a public hearing to discuss the County’s application for a Endangered Species Act incidental take permit and possible adoption of the RHCP and related items. The hearing will include an open house/exhibits, brief presentations about the project, and an opportunity for public comment – Details October 28, 2009 Hays County RHCP – Final Drafts for public comment and Notice of public hearing Hays County will conduct a…

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2009 Conservation Easement News

September 17, 2009 Army, warbler making peace The Nature Conservancy and Fort Sam Houston were poised to announce today a five-year agreement to bolster Camp Bullis by finding and purchasing land to set aside as habitat for an endangered songbird. Read full SA Express article here. August 28, 2009 Conservancy shifts into high gear Scott Storm decided the best way to keep his family’s ranch together was through a conservation agreement that would protect more than 5,000 acres covered in…

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2009 Water Quality News

December 30, 2009 TCEQ public hearing this Thursday, Jan 4th at 7pm – Wastewater discharge into Lake Travis The Protect Lake Travis Association newsletter covers all the details. Concerned landowners, lake business owners and residents should attend and make comments. Read more here. December 16, 2009 Protecting Lake Travis PLTA is an all volunteer, very effective organization working for a healthy Lake Travis. Read their latest newsletter which provides updates about the threats of discharge into the Highland Lakes. Join…

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2009 Water Planning News

November 19, 2009 State environmental agency rejects request to repeal discharge ban The state environmental office Wednesday denied a request to repeal a ban on the discharge of treated wastewater into the Highland Lakes, which serve as the prime recreation and water supply reservoirs in Central Texas. The decision, made at a meeting of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, ends a public policy discussion that boiled down to water quality versus water quantity. Read full Statesman.com article here. October…

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2009 Rainwater Harvesting News

August 18, 2009 Drop in time A one-inch rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof yields 600 gallons of water — a bounty during times of drought, according to Hill Country Master Naturalist Jim Stanley. But storing rainwater is just one of the benefits of a rainwater harvesting system, said Stanley, who has served as a Riverside Nature Center volunteer for the past eight years. Read full Kerrville Daily Times article here. August 11, 2009 Rainwater catchment catches on Many Bandera…

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