Kendall County’s History of Conservation

Kendall County’s History of Conservation

A four-part series by Brent Evans: Kendall County’s tradition of protecting natural resources has a long history of gradual recognition of needs and spirited citizen action. Brent traces the history of local conservation efforts up to the present, and encourage both public and private conservation strategies. Judge Garland Perry noted in his history of Kendall County:  “In 1835 the Texas Hill Country was said to have been one of the most beautiful natural areas on earth. It had tall grass,…

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The Future of Conservation in Kendall County, Part 2

Part Two – By Brent Evans Here are some selected voices about future conservation efforts. (I have had to edit for brevity.) Mayor Mike Schultz and Pamela Bransford, Public Relations Coordinator for the City of Boerne: “When Boerne’s founding fathers settled in this area, it was a wilderness with plenty of water, good hunting, and lush soil.  These hard working German settlers valued the land along the Cibolo Creek just as we value our hill country surroundings today.  Over the…

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The Future of Conservation in Kendall County

Part One – By Brent Evans “In the end our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” – John Sawhill, The Nature Conservancy The beauty of the Hill Country, “the Sweet Spot of Texas”, is its blessing and its curse. Being one of the “most desirable places to live” could attract enough newcomers to gradually grow a community into just another typical bustling American town, with little to distinguish it…

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Kendall County’s History of Conservation, Part 4

Part Four – By Brent Evans “If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” – Lyndon B. Johnson. The last decade has seen some serious conservation activity. In 2006 the Kendall County Partnership for Parks was founded, with a mission of promoting…

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Take Action for Hill Country Spring Flow

Take Action for Hill Country Spring Flow

HCA and the Our Desired Future project have made it easy for you to voice your “desired future” for groundwater management and the springs and streams that are sustained by healthy aquifers. Read the stories, watch the videos, use the maps to find your groundwater district and send in your comments. Groundwater management in Texas is designed to be driven by the people of Texas. www.ourdesiredfuture.com

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Kendall County’s History of Conservation, Part 3

Part Three – By Brent Evans Boerne has successfully marketed itself as a beautiful place to visit or live. The Handbook of Texas describes the area: “Throughout its course, Cibolo Creek has been judged to be a ‘scenic’ and ‘picturesque’ stream.  This is particularly true as it passes through Kendall County where a steady flow serves as the basis for Cibolo Nature Center near Boerne. The stream has been dammed to create Boerne City Lake, which provides drinking water for…

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Kendall County’s History of Conservation, Part 2

Part Two – By Brent Evans Kendall County’s tradition of protecting natural resources has a long history of gradual recognition of needs and spirited citizen action. This the second in a four part series will trace the history of local conservation efforts up to the present, and encourage both public and private conservation strategies. In 1935, Col. Rozelle purchased the Herff Homestead and started Pioneer Apple Orchard, proving fancy apples could be successfully grown in Kendall County. Arriving in 4’X8’ crates…

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RPA President Emeritus Robert Yaro Appointed Potter Rose Visiting Professor of Planning at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

RPA President Emeritus Robert Yaro Appointed Potter Rose Visiting Professor of Planning at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

  • August 26, 2015
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“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with UT’s exceptional faculty and students on strategies to preserve the Texas Hill Country,” said Yaro. “This is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the country. The future livability of Austin, San Antonio and the fast growing I-35 corridor will hinge in part on our ability to safeguard its water, wildlife and scenic resources.”  RPA President Emeritus Robert Yaro Appointed Potter Rose Visiting Professor of Planning at the University of…

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84th Texas State Legislature: summaries of water-related legislative action

84th Texas State Legislature: summaries of water-related legislative action

The Texas Water Journal  recently released a review of the 84th legislative session written by leaders from the Texas Water Conservation Association, Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts and the Texas Water Infrastructure Network. The Journal is an online, peer-reviewed resource devoted to Texas water resources management and policy issues from multidisciplinary perspectives.  Read the article here    

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Who is Really Paying for SAWS Rate Structure?

Who is Really Paying for SAWS Rate Structure?

  • August 25, 2015
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What most people don’t realize is that those increased impact fees that developers have to pay in the future will never include the cost of water from the Vista Ridge deal, because of how that deal was structured. It is extraordinarily expensive water that SAWS expects current residents to pay for, even though most do not benefit at all. Commentary: Who is Really Paying for SAWS Rate Structure? Meredith McGuire, The Rivard Report August 25, 2015 This commentary is an expanded…

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