Bandera County Water Awareness Event – March 21 – 22

  • January 29, 2014
  • News

BANDERA – The first in a series of water-related workshops will be held March 21-22 at Mansfield Park Recreational Hall, 2886 Highway 16 North in Bandera. The Bandera County Water Awareness Series event will be held from 6-9 p.m. on March 21 and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 22 at the Mansfield Park recreational Hall. The two-day event, called the Bandera County Water Awareness Series, will take place from 6-9 p.m. March 21 and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March…

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House Approves Farm Bill

In a striking show of bi-partisanship, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to support the 2014 Farm Bill. The final vote was 251 – 166. The legislation will generate more than one billion dollars for saving endangered farm and ranch lands. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by the President shortly. More from Land Trust Alliance.

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2014 Groundwater News

January 29, 2014 Rio Grande Water Users Fear Groundwater Pumping Project A controversial groundwater pumping plan that opponents argue could threaten the lower Rio Grande’s already depleted supply is highlighting a conundrum in Texas water law. Texas rivers and springs are considered the property of the state, while water flowing below ground belongs to individual landowners. But many of the state’s surface water resources, from Barton Springs to the Guadalupe, Colorado and Brazos rivers, are fed in large part by…

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Farm Transfer Tools: Promoting Sustainable Practices

“Many landowners, whether retiring from a lifelong career of farming or inheriting land from parents who farmed, want to leave a legacy of conservation and sustainable agriculture. As a landowner, you may be looking for ways to pass on the farm to a farmer and/or new owner who shares this vision. For retiring farmers and off-farm landowners alike, there are many ways to do this, depending on the value and priorities of the particular landowner.” An excellent resource from NCAT.

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New Braunfels river rules deemed unenforceable

  • January 28, 2014
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For six years, New Braunfels has tried to keep rowdy tubers from tossing trash into its rivers with a series of ordinances barring them from floating through town with coolers larger than 16 quarts or from carrying disposable bottles and cans. Now, a judge has sunk the effort, the latest blow to the city’s attempts to regulate water recreation that can draw tens of thousands of tourists to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers on any busy summer weekend.More from SA…

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Chemical Spill in West Virginia shows the vulnerability of our water supplies

  • January 27, 2014
  • News

 January 21, 2014 American Rainwater Catchment Association Value of Rainwater Catchment Systems RAINWATER HARVESTING CAN CREATE SAFE, DECENTRALIZED WATER SUPPLIES The disastrous chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s water supply reinforced the value of harvesting rainwater to provide distributed sources of safe water. The mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA.org) is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. A well-designed, installed and maintained rainwater…

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Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution

The State Comptroller’s Office released “Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution” earlier this month. The report demonstrates the value of conservation investments and innovation in water research and technology. A website was also launched to compliment the report and provide ongoing education about water use- some great thoughts here worth reading: http://www.txwaterreport.org.

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Water, Local Control Issues Paramount in HD-53 Race

  • January 24, 2014
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The bulk of the western Texas Hill Country lies in House District 53, Representative Harvey Hilderbran’s seat since 1992. Three candidates are running in the Republican Primary. “Murr acknowledged the diversity of the region: “Different growing regions, different sources of income and use of the land, but overall the perspective, the composition, the people remain the same. They’re conservative and independent-minded.” Read the Texas Tribune story here.

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Energy demonstration project now underway at TTU-Junction

  • January 24, 2014
  • News

James Murr The Junction Eagle Last fall the Llano River Field Station (the Station) at the Texas Tech University (TTU) Center in Junction received a grant for $230,000 from the Office of the Texas Comptroller for an alternative energy demonstration project. The renewable energy devices have been installed and are now generating electricity for two buildings on the Junction campus. This project is unique in that it involves both solar and wind energy generation at the same location. The generated…

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