EAA recognizes TerraScena as “Aquifer Smart” community

EAA recognizes TerraScena as “Aquifer Smart” community

TerraScena is a new 100% rainwater harvesting community in Dripping Springs. In addition to rainwater harvesting, the community focuses on green building materials and preserved natural green spaces. The Edwards Aquifer Authority has recently recognized TerraScena as an “aquifer smart community.” TerraScena is open on weekends from Noon to 4 PM or by appointment to tour the first of 15 homes.  Sustainable homebuilders, architects, realtors, their clients and the public are invited to explore the development in a Hill Country…

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How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

Andy Sansom: Having served as the executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the 1990s, I’m acutely aware of the chronic funding shortfall for Texas’ magnificent state and local park system. One of the most important things I learned during those years was that our parks, while preserving the best of our natural and cultural heritage, are also a critical part of our state’s infrastructure — just like highways, state buildings and other facilities essential to our…

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San Antonio Voters Approve Conservation Funding

San Antonio Voters Approve Conservation Funding

San Antonio voters overwhelmingly approved two conservation propositions today. The Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, which uses a one-eighth cent sales tax to purchase conservation easements over the aquifer’s recharge zone, was approved by 78 percent of voters. And the Parks Development and Expansion plan, also funded through an eighth-cent sales tax, was approved by nearly 75 percent of voters. San Antonio’s City Charter will also see some changes post-election day. There were four proposed changes to it. The first would…

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‘Tiny House Compound’ in Texas Goes Viral as ‘Bestie Row’

‘Tiny House Compound’ in Texas Goes Viral as ‘Bestie Row’

Fred Zipp was an editor of the Austin-American Statesman for 32 years. So when it came time for him and some friends to build a series of vacation homes outside Austin, alongside the Llano River, he was well aware of the conservation and environmental issues facing the region. Zipp, his wife Jodi, and three other couples turned to the “little house movement” that champions smaller living spaces for inspiration. They partnered with Austin-based architect Matt Garcia for a “compound” of…

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Texas Senate Passes Legislation to Protect the San Marcos River

Texas Senate Passes Legislation to Protect the San Marcos River

The Texas Senate yesterday (Monday) overwhelmingly approved legislation by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, that would promote safety and enjoyment on the San Marcos River and protect landowners’ private property rights. Senate Bill (SB) 234 would authorize a local election to create a special recreation district along the portion of the San Marcos River that forms the boundary between Guadalupe and Caldwell counties, which is visited by more than 80,000 tubers and recreational users each year. The number of visitors to…

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Healthy rivers a priority for Texas

Healthy rivers a priority for Texas

Texas Water Development Board: The health of our state’s rivers affects the simple pleasures of many Texans. Fishing, tubing, and enjoying nature’s beauty all rely on maintaining the complex ecosystems of our rivers. Not only do they harbor a variety of species and volumes of nutrients, but they support our economy through tourism, outdoor recreation, water supply, and many other industries. To ensure our rivers remain healthy, Texas has made studying and understanding their intricate ecosystems a priority. In 2001,…

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Electro Purification Challenged by Legislation and Law 

Electro Purification Challenged by Legislation and Law 

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD): So where are we now on EP? The battle to stop Electro Purification from taking our Trinity Aquifer water to sell for future developments elsewhere is going strong. If it seems the initial shouting has died down, it’s because most of the shouters are now too busy working on winning to do any yelling. When the EP threat came to light last December, folks were justifiably frightened, but they were also galvanized into action.…

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Class Recruiting 2015 – Texas Master Naturalists

Class Recruiting 2015 – Texas Master Naturalists

The Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists is now accepting applications for the Class of 2015.   Residents of Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba counties who want to learn more about the Hill Country and volunteer are encouraged to apply.  Classes begin August 19. The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management…

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