I-35 corridor could see more groundwater from Burleson County

I-35 corridor could see more groundwater from Burleson County

Another private company is quietly trying to sell central Texas groundwater to utilities along the fast-growing Interstate 35 corridor, putting it in competition with the San Antonio Water System and others. Coastal Water Regional Supply Co. is trying to sell Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency on a proposal for a water pipeline to Kyle and San Marcos from Burleson and Milam counties. A slideshow obtained by The Express-News shows a proposed 92-mile pipeline from a well field in Burleson County…

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Being a Texas Master Naturalist According to 2016 Trainees

Becky Breazeale | Each spring, the Highland Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists has a new training class. Trainees learn about natural resources and conservation management with units of study such as geology and archeology, ecological regions of Texas, land management, weather and climate, and others.  Students meet once a week for twelve weeks. The candidates come from varied backgrounds with most residing in Blanco, Burnett, Llano, and Travis Counties.  This year’s candidates were asked what being a Master Naturalist…

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Lights off for the love of lightning bugs

For the love of lightning bugs, experts ask people to turn off as many exterior lights as possible during peak mating months.  Artificial lights have eradicated large populations of lightning bugs in East Tennessee and across the developed world. “Light pollution is a real problem.  We already know there are fewer lightning bugs.  That’s being noted worldwide,” said Lynn Faust.  “The lightning bugs, they evolved and adapted to a dark world.  All of these shining unshielded lights at night are very…

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REI Awards Cibolo Nature Center and Farm $10K Stewardship Grant

REI San Antonio recently awarded the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm (CNC&F) with a $10K Stewardship Grant which was awarded to select nonprofits that care for the outdoor places its customers use and love. The grant will support National Trails Workday being held at the nature center on June 4 in conjunction with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day and monthly Second Saturday Volunteer Workday Series throughout the remainder of 2016. “Since our opening in 2012, REI San Antonio…

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Opinion: What San Antonio should learn from Melbourne

Opinion: What San Antonio should learn from Melbourne

San Antonio just made it through one of the worst droughts in Texas history. Climate change means we’ll have more — unpredictably longer and more intense. Is San Antonio prepared? Nope. And the San Antonio Water System is leading us the wrong direction. Express-News staff writer Brendan Gibbons’ recent front-page article about summer water consumption between 2011 and 2015 gives clues about why. Drought preparedness requires real conservation — ongoing commitment to keeping all the water we have, and guarding…

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Leaving land alone to hold floodwater west of Houston

Leaving land alone to hold floodwater west of Houston

Houston sprawls for miles, but we went to where that sprawl stops. “I think if you’d listen for a minute, you don’t hear any cars,” says Mary Anne Piacentini as she stands near a pond on the Katy Prairie 45 miles west of downtown Houston. “We protect over 20,000 acres right now,” says Piacentini, director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy. Twenty thousand acres of farm and ranch land and restored wetlands are protected from housing and commercial development that’s creeping…

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