HCA Pedernales Program Kicks off Monthly Newsletter

HCA Pedernales Program Kicks off Monthly Newsletter

This month HCA sent out its first Pedernales Newsletter- a compilation of news, events and partner spotlights geared specifically to the residents and landowners of the Pedernales River Basin. Modeled after the weekly Watershed in Review newsletter produced by the South Llano River Watershed Alliance, HCA’s Pedernales Newsletter will be sent out once a month to keep key stakeholders informed and connected. Interested in joining the Pedernales Newsletter list? Know someone who lives or works in the watershed who might…

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Lone Star Land Steward Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Lone Star Land Steward Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2015 Regional Winners To Be Honored for their Conservation Contributions AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) honors the conservation contributions of private landowners each year with its Lone Star Land Steward Award. This year, seven winners representing several of the state’s diverse ecological regions will join the distinguished roster of landowners who have received this recognition. Over the past 20 years, nearly 200 landowners across Texas have been lauded for conserving more than 3 million acres of fish…

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Legislative Solution to Hays County Water Dispute Takes Big Step Forward

Legislative Solution to Hays County Water Dispute Takes Big Step Forward

Those of you who have been keeping up with efforts to put restrictions on Electro Purification’s pumping of water from an unregulated area of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County will be pleased to know that a proposed legislative solution took an important step forward this week when SB1440 was voted out of committee. If passed, the bill would give authority to regulate the area to the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Meanwhile, a companion bill in the House, HB3405,…

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Truth in Budgeting for  State Park Funding

Truth in Budgeting for State Park Funding

Good news from Representative Larson’s recent capitol update: Last week, HB 158 passed the House by a vote of 138-1. The bill is now headed for the Senate. Since 1993, a portion of the sales tax revenue generated by sporting goods has been statutorily allocated to fund state park operations, capital, and local park grants. Unfortunately, only a portion of this funding has been spent on parks and the rest has been kept in general revenue to be spent on…

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House Bills Erode Water Quality and Open Space Protections in the Hill Country

House Bills Erode Water Quality and Open Space Protections in the Hill Country

On April 13th, the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Land and Resource Management heard House Bills 3620and 3621, authored by State Representative Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs. In a maneuver likely designed to avoid heated debate over his bills, which critics argue will fuel development in environmentally sensitive areas of the Hill County, Representative Isaac successfully raised a point of order to suspend the posting rule to allow the Committee to hear his bills at the last minute without…

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“Transferring water from one area to another has social and environmental consequences”

“Transferring water from one area to another has social and environmental consequences”

Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter: TAKE ACTION! “House Bill 3298 is set to be debated on the Texas House floor Thursday, May 7 – the bill would direct the state’s water planning agency to evaluate how to establish and operate a state water conveyance network – a massive plumbing system of pipelines, pumping stations, reservoirs, and other infrastructure to move large amounts of water around Texas. “Transferring water from one area to another has social and environmental consequences” – Con…

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Citizen referendums are fundamental to democracy

Citizen referendums are fundamental to democracy

Texas League of Conservation Voters urges “NO” votes on HB 2595. Home rule cities have enormous powers to govern.  But in circumstances when governing bodies are not acting—or are slow to act—initiatives have proven useful tools for VOTERS to enact local ordinances and legislate a city’s activities. From the Texas League of Conservation Voters: How It Works: HB 2595 proposes to restrict a city’s ability to accept a voter initiated referendum or ballot initiative. It specifically precludes a city’s ability…

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