June 2010 News Archive

  • June 30, 2011
  • News

June 30, 2011 Environmental Stewardship appeals GMA 12 DFC The Bastrop County-based nonprofit organization Environmental Stewardship submitted a petition to Groundwater Management Area 12 (GMA-­12) appealing the desired future conditions for the aquifers within all areas of groundwater management in Area 12. Read more Hill Country Alliance announces photo contest winners The fifth annual photography contest held by the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) received hundreds of beautiful entries that capture the unique places, lasting treasures and special qualities the Texas…

Read More

As Drought Intensifies, Wildscaping Can Help Texans Save Water

Texas residents are asked to monitor and reduce their water usage, yet home and land owners may feel they have little control over resource conservation when it comes to manicured lawns and upkeep of green spaces. They may have heard of alternative gardening as a way to cut costs and save water, but may not know where to turn for advice or information. Read more from Texas Parks and Wildlife here.

Read More

May 2011 News Archive

May 31, 2011 Watershed news from Wimberley Valley Challenges Water Plan to Allow for More Groundwater Pumping Than is Available in the Hill Country, Profile of Jacob’s Well, David Baker receives the Texas Environmental Excellence Award, a Hays County Water Issues Alert: Download the newsletter here. What on Earth will we do with the Texas Hill Country? The Native Plant Society of Texas hosts, What on Earth Will we do with the Texas Hill Country? Presented by Bill Neiman, HCA…

Read More

April 2011 News Archive

  • April 30, 2011
  • News

April 30, 2011 Hays County planning survey online until May 11th Residents are invited to take the Hays County Parks, Open Space & Natural Areas Master Plan Survey, which will help the County determine interests and priorities of its residents. More information about the planning process and a link to the online survey here. April 28, 2011 CREZ, ERCOT and Wind development updates from SOSHE The Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment latest news includes information about the CREZ in…

Read More

2011 Drought News

December 21, 2011 Texas Tree Ring Study Warns of Long Droughts A new study of tree rings adds to evidence that Texas has experienced at least one 10-year drought every 100 years, as well as several “mega-droughts” lasting 15 to 30 years over the centuries. Read full Texas Tribune article. November 30, 2011 It could take years for state’s aquifers to fill A historic drought has depleted Texas aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948, and it could take months —…

Read More

March 2011 News Archive

  • March 30, 2011
  • News

March 31, 2011 Senate votes to make groundwater a vested right The Texas Senate approved a bill Yesterday that would establish groundwater as a vested right protected by the state Constitution. For the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, its passage is a clarification of state law and an assurance to landowners that they have the right to the water below their property. For groundwater and subsidence districts across the state, the bill, approved 28-3, is a threat to…

Read More

February 2011 News Archive

  • February 28, 2011
  • News

February 26, 2011 Uvalde pipeline bill more trouble than it’s worth A bill has recently been filed to lift the ban on building a pipeline to transport water from Uvalde County. Read more here February 22, 2011 Kerrville seeks rehearing for CREZ route; LCRA scheduling meetings for affected landowners The Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment (SOSHE) continues to monitor developments related to energy, wind farms and transmission lines through the Hill Country. Learn more here. Growth and How it…

Read More

January 2011 News Archive

  • January 31, 2011
  • News

January 31, 2011 Texas firm plans 50 homes on Horseshoe Bay golf course A Texas-based limited partnership plans to build 50 upscale homes in a gated community near two holes of a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Horseshoe Bay, west of Austin on Lake LBJ. And the company plans to acquire other nearby land in an area it says is prime for more growth. Read more from Statesman.com here. Bill Aids Landowners Protecting Texas’ Water Supply A bipartisan group…

Read More