2012 Water Quality News

December 3, 2012 Students map spills over recharge zone A new interactive map created by students at Texas State University shows where sewer line breaks and overflows have dumped sewage over the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer in Bexar County since 2004. More from SA Express-News. November 13, 2012 TX SWCDS Express Concern Over Current Sand Mining Operations Texas soil and water conservation district directors representing 216 Texas SWCDs attending their 72nd Annual Meeting October 29-31 in Bastrop unanimously…

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2012 Water Planning News

December 17, 2012 Behind the scary water headlines It’s hard to look at any media in Texas today without being confronted by a dire outlook on the state’s water future. The jarring effects of a deep drought and the steep price tag attached to the state’s water plan definitely make for attention-grabbing copy. But for those who care about sustainable management of our limited water resources, property rights and fiscal discipline in the state budget, it’s worth a look behind…

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2012 Water Conservation News

December 9, 2012 Water Conservation Matters – even with no drought What Mike says to San Angelo can apply throughout the Hill Country, “If San Angelo and the region are to continue to survive and prosper economically and if Texas is to be sustainable with its limited water resources, then residents must learn to conserve water all the time — not just in drought situations.” Learn More September 26, 2012 SAWS to Take Water Conservation Outside: Just Say “NO” to…

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2012 Rainwater Harvesting News

December 9, 2012 Water Conservation Matters – even with no drought What Mike says to San Angelo can apply throughout the Hill Country, “If San Angelo and the region are to continue to survive and prosper economically and if Texas is to be sustainable with its limited water resources, then residents must learn to conserve water all the time — not just in drought situations.” Learn More November 21, 2012 TWDB Accepting Applications for the 2012 Texas Rain Catcher Award…

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2012 Groundwater News

December 12, 2012 In Central Texas, a rush to secure water rights Amid a persistent drought that has rattled Texans about water supplies, cities and investors are jockeying to purchase millions of gallons of underground water and pipe it to rapidly growing communities. More from Statesman.com October 16, 2012 Austin voters to consider water quality protection purchases on November ballot “Development-rights deals keep the land in private hands and typically involve no access to the general public.” This is one…

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2012 Drought News

November 21, 2012 LCRA hands down compromise emergency drought order “The water release planning for 2013 has been the subject of a collision of interests as drought drags on in the region,” Read the Statesman report here. This decision is described as “incomprehensible” by some, read the news from the Highland Lakes Highlander here. The bottom line is that everyone needs to conserve and start thinking a whole new way about water use, this battle has just begun. September 20,…

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2012 Children in Nature News

November 29, 2012 Help 4th and 5th graders learn about our water Please inform your neighborhood school and contact your children’s teachers directly. TWDB is now taking orders for their award winning Major Rivers Educational Program. Here’s a great opportunity to engage the next generation about how to care for water resources wisely. Learn More October 7, 2012 Forward to Nature A powerful vision for the future of the Hill Country – that’ what we’re talking about! Check out another…

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2012 Transportation Planning News

  November 29, 2012 Hays Citizens can and should provide input on County Transportation Plan, comments are due December 8th Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD) has taken time to carefully review the draft Hays County Transportation Plan. Help spread the word in Hays County that now is the time to review and comment. This plan is BIG and CARD points out several valid concerns. Please review carefully and speak up. July 11, 2012 Transportation funding concerns aired Depreciating gas…

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2012 Transmission Line News

December 3, 2012 “End of Wind?” Statesman headline 12.2.2012 reads “End of Wind? Some say industry will fade if federal tax credit vanishes in fiscal cliff deal”….. “The state has made a large investment in building transmission lines, which will become operational over the next two years, to bring more of the West Texas wind to the power-hungry parts of the state, including Central Texas. In the future, ratepayers will see a surcharge of $5 or so on their monthly…

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2012 Night Sky News

December 13, 2012 Town to receive Night Skies lights As our nation becomes more urbanized and as land ownership in rural areas becomes more fragmented, the problem of light pollution and the “disappearing stars” is receiving increasing attention. The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) has received $15,000 in grant funding from the Coypu Foundation to help the City of Junction and Kimble County to address this problem. Learn More December 12, 2012 Blanco Chamber initiates night sky-friendly business recognition program The…

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