Hays County Commissioners Court Forms Committee to Further Groundwater Pumping Discussions with Public

From Hays County Also read:  “Critics see conflicts of interest in Hays County water wells” Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to form a committee that would hold public forums to discuss concerns over groundwater pumping, particularly in areas where conservation districts have no authority, in the interest of protecting private land rights while promoting public responsibility. The vote came following public comment and discussion from Court members, concerned citizens and…

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Lone Star Rail kicks off environmental study

  • January 23, 2015
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A decade-old project to build a passenger rail line between the San Antonio and Austin areas picked up steam January 21 with a public meeting of the Lone Star Rail Project. The meeting served as the kickoff to the project’s environmental impact study, which Lone Star Rail Director Joe Black called a “major, major point in the project.” Read more from the Austin Monitor.

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Study shows Texas voters maintain strong support for state parks

  • January 22, 2015
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation 70 percent of voters would support constitutional amendment to fund state parks DALLAS—A new survey today released by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation showed overwhelming voter support of a strong, well-funded system of state parks. The poll demonstrates consistent support in good and bad economic times, and shows that voters would support a constitutional amendment to dedicate sales tax revenue for more and consistent funding for parks. “Conservation and the importance of preserving our natural…

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Public Meetings Scheduled on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in cooperation with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County will conduct public meetings in Helotes, Texas and Kerrville, Texas, to obtain comments on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan (dHCP), draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) and an incidental take permit application. The Southern Edwards Plateau dHCP outlines conservation actions designed to ensure that development occurring in one of the most rapidly growing…

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Defending Local Control

  • January 20, 2015
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by Leo Tynan Letter to the Editor of the Fredericksburg Times Standard In a recent speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Governor-elect Greg Abbott had some things to say that should leave the people of the Texas Hill Country uneasy. Stating that some Texas communities’ efforts to protect the health and environment of their citizens amounted to “California-izing” our state, Abbott rejected the validity of a local community’s right to regulate specific activities that are felt to denigrate the…

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Hill Country Science Mill Grand Opening, February 14

  • January 20, 2015
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The Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City will be hold its Grand Opening Celebration February 14 from 10am -6pm. Included will be a presentation by Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve as well as live music and fun activities. Proceeds from the Grand Opening will benefit the Science Mill’s Scholarship Program, which will help defray the transportation costs for field trips, admission, and enrollment in science programs and camps for qualified students.Learn more

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Edwards Aquifer Dispute forum on Tuesday in San Marcos

The pumping of water from the Edwards Aquifer, the enormous underground cave system beneath Central Texas, has long been a topic of fierce dispute, involving property rights, endangered species, and drinking water needs. Leading policy-makers, scientists, environmentalists and attorneys will convene Tuesday in San Marcos for a day-long free forum titled History of the Edwards Aquifer Dispute: A View from the Trenches. Read more fromStatesman.com.

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