A Tribute to what has been lost to the Pilot Truck Stop in Junction

  • February 19, 2015
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Many hill country people have been following the Flying J story in Junction; a poster child for ongoing threats to Hill Country rivers due to a lack of rules and oversight. View this video, read final testimony to the City of Junction below.   City Main St. Truck Stop Annexation, Shifted? February 19, 2015 by Bill Neiman Only two – 10 minute Public Hearings are required; giving citizens voice before accepting responsibility to provide perpetual City Services. City taxes will…

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Friends of Enchanted Rock to host Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival Feb 21

  • February 19, 2015
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Celebrates “dark sky” status with activities, music, stargazing The Friends of Enchanted Rock (FOER) and the staff of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (ERSNA) are inviting the public to the first Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival on Saturday, Feb 21. The event will take place at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg, TX. Regular park admission applies and includes access to all activities, which run the entire day and into the evening.…

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PEC Board votes in support of groundwater legislation

At its Feb. 17 meeting, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of legislation on groundwater production. The vote is a show of the Board’s stance on this issue, which is an important one for communities within the Co-op’s service area. The Texas Water Code recognizes that a landowner owns the groundwater beneath the land. It also allows for the creation of groundwater conservation districts in order to protect natural reservoirs against “wasteful or malicious drainage.”…

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We need smart growth

Op-Ed by Ron Walton Printed in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung I am writing as a private citizen as I do a monthly solicited letter to editor as a public official as the Comal/Guadalupe County elected volunteer for the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) board of Directors, District 9, having served since election in 2010 and re-election in 2014, to serve through 2018. It continues to be a privilege to serve you and to be a licensed real estate broker with my…

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Drought conditions worsen along Highland Lakes

Lower Colorado River Authority AUSTIN, Texas – Preliminary 2014 data shows the drought gripping the Highland Lakes is now the most severe drought the region has experienced since construction of the lakes began in the 1930s. As a direct result of the prolonged record-dry conditions and record-low inflows from the streams and tributaries feeding the Highland Lakes, the “firm yield,” or inventory of water LCRA can provide reliably every year, has been decreased by about 100,000 acre-feet, to 500,000 acre-feet…

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Book explores Central Texas County Courthouses

  • February 17, 2015
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“As built artifacts, the county courthouses of central Texas tell a compelling story of a particular part of the country over a specific period of time. But more than a mere index of a building type, this project seeks to describe how county courthouses and the squares in which they sit relate to the larger communities that surround them.” Read more from TPR. HCA likes to imagine Hill Country courthouses with native landscaping and rainwater harvesting.

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Net Blue Initiative Will Help Communities Pursue Water-Neutral Growth

  • February 12, 2015
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“Communities need to reevaluate traditional planning approaches if they are to support increasing population and economic expansion in the coming years – particularly in areas with high growth and stressed water supplies,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Read more from the Alliance for Water Efficiency report, “Water Demand Offset Programs Offer a Path to Sustainable Community Development” here.

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New Commitment to Bring Back the Monarch

This week the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced what many have noticed for the past 20 years- monarch butterfly numbers are on a precipitous decline. Over the past 25 years an estimated 970 million monarchs have disappeared, largely due to loss of habitat. The Texas Hill Country is an important part of the monarch migration route, and USFWS has prioritized the entire I-35 corridor for reestablishing butterfly habitat. That means planting native milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants. Read…

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Dripping Springs residents strategize how to stop proposed concrete plant

A plan to build a concrete batch plant northwest of Dripping Springs has created an uproar among some residents. The plant, which would be operated as Dripping Wet Concrete, has received a preliminary approval for an air quality standard permit, according to documents provided on the TCEQ website. The plant will release a variety of air contaminants, including aggregate, cement and road dust, the document indicates. Read more from Austin Business Journal. Read more about the lack of county oversight…

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