Texas’ Courts Legal Treatment of Groundwater is Fluid

Groundwater rights have been hotly debated in Texas for as long as there has been the ability to pump it. Unlike surface water, which is owned by the state and held in trust for the public, Texas courts have ruled that groundwater is the surface owner’s vested private property. This vested right can be regulated by Groundwater Conservation Districts. Read more from Texas Living Waters.

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Depleting the Water, 15 minutes you shouldn’t miss

This Sunday’s 60 Minutes segment on Groundwater Depletion in California’s Central Valley explores California’s drought and the depletion of it’s Central Valley aquifer due to agricultural over-pumping. With dwindling reservoirs here in Central Texas and ever growing population projections, numerous proposals are under consideration to pump and pipe groundwater to the I-35 Corridor and beyond. What can the Hill Country learn from California’s “groundwater overdraft?”

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HCA honored by Hays County Master Naturalists!

  • November 17, 2014
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HCA has been recognized as an “HONORARY MEMBER” in the Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist for exemplary service and commitment to the community and natural resources of the State of Texas. The recognition took place Saturday, November 15th at the HCMN annual Gala, Awards & New Class Graduation Ceremony held in San Marcos. HCA has partnered with Master Naturalists in the Hill Country region on numerous educational programs. The Hays County Chapter (HCMN) has provided essential volunteer…

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Prince Charles says people’s connection with countryside is dying

“Prince Charles has warned that the majority of people have ‘lost any real connection with the land’ as he outlined his concerns about the future of the countryside. He stressed the benefits to the wider economy of the countryside’s ‘ecosystem services’ – with meadows and other grasslands storing millions of tonnes of carbon, providing homes for pollinating insects, supporting the agricultural economy and areas of beauty attracting visitors to boost local tourism.” These issues translate here in the Texas Hill…

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Landowners Appeal Party Status to State District Court

by Environmental Stewardship Landowners Bette Brown, Andrew Meyer, Darwyn Hanna, as individuals, and Environmental Stewardship, a non-profit organization, filed a petition on November 7 in State District Court in Bastrop County, seeking to reverse a decision by Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (District). On September 10, 2014, the District denied the Landowners’ request to participate in a contested case hearing between End Op, L.P. (End Op), a Williamson County water marketer, the District, and Aqua Water Supply Corporation (Aqua), a…

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HCA to co-host Workshop on Riparian Function in the Pedernales Basin

  • November 12, 2014
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The Hill Country Alliance, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and The Nature Conservancy, will host a workshop on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones in the Hill Country. The workshop will feature presentations on riparian plants, basic hydrology, and techniques for ensuring healthy riparian function. The workshop will take place from 8am-4pm on Friday, December 5th. A variety of continuing education credits are available. Details

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Texas Water Symposium, Nov. 20 in Kerrville

  • November 11, 2014
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Join us for the final Texas Water Symposium of 2014 – Thursday, November 20 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Schreiner University. The topic for the evening will be Balancing Rural and Urban Water Needs: How Local and Regional Planning Activities Ensure Long-Term Supplies. The Symposium will be moderated by State Representative-Elect Andrew Murr and recorded for rebroadcast by Texas Public Radio. Learn more

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Living With Karst: The Benefits and Challenges of Living in a Cavernous Environment

Do you live in karst? About 25% of the US and the planet’s land surface is karst. Karst areas are the world’s most diverse, fascinating, resource-rich, yet problematic terrains. They contain the largest springs and most productive groundwater supplies on Earth. They provide unique subsurface habitat to rare animals, and their caves preserve fragile prehistoric material for millennia. They are also the landscapes most vulnerable to environmental impacts. Their groundwater is the most easily depleted and polluted. Learn more about…

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Texas A&M Study Trumpets Texas State Parks’ Economic Benefit

“The take-away message from this study,” Dr. Crompton says, “should be that the state park system is an important contributor to the Texas economy, particularly in rural areas and that the state’s net investment in parks is returned many times over as visitors travel to enjoy the outdoors and leave their dollars behind.” Many of state’s most popular parks are right here in the Texas Hill Country. More from TPWD.

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