Eyes on the stars

Eyes on the stars

  • July 14, 2016
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With eyes on the stars – and on the city’s future prosperity – the Wimberley Dark Sky Committee has been launched to attain official International Dark Sky Community status for Wimberley. “This is an initiative to protect our night skies,” Cathy Moreman, Executive Director of the Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the committee, said. “Being able to see a clear night sky, without a haze of lights, is important to Wimberley residents, and astrotourism is a…

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More officials stand against discharge permit

More officials stand against discharge permit

  • July 14, 2016
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Roughly a week after the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) formally opposed Dripping Springs’ proposed discharge permit, the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) Thursday followed suit. By a 4-1 vote, the HTGCD made a resolution opposing issuance by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) of Dripping Springs’ proposed permit to discharge treated effluent into Walnut Springs until more science is conducted. Board member Jimmy Skipton cast the lone dissenting vote. District 4 board member Linda Kaye…

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The Hill Country Land Trust releases first video in Land Steward Video Series: Prickly Pear Management

The Hill Country Land Trust releases first video in Land Steward Video Series: Prickly Pear Management

Hill Country Land Trust is proud to share the first of a series of videos on land stewardship.  Each video will focus on one stewardship practice. The first video features Steve Nelle discussing Prickly Pear management techniques. Take a look, then download the companion guide “Managing Prickly Pear Cactus” with more information.  Please join the conversation by filling out the comment forms on the same page.

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Goforth water, EP deal moves forward

Goforth water, EP deal moves forward

  • July 13, 2016
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A move by Goforth Special Utility District (SUD) approving a second amendment to its water supply agreement with Electro Purification, LLC (EP) means the water supply company has a year to prove the quantity and quality of its water to Goforth. EP has to deliver a feasibility notice to the the SUD.   Goforth has leased water from EP, which is in the process of drilling test wells on an 18-acre tract of land in order to determine the quality…

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Big Bend rancher sues pipeline company

Big Bend rancher sues pipeline company

The owner of an 11,000-acre ranch south of Marfa has filed suit in federal court, claiming the use of eminent domain by a private pipeline company to take part of his land is unconstitutional. Filed in Pecos, the lawsuit by lawyer John Boerschig of Katy against Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC comes as construction of the 148-mile natural gas line through the unspoiled Big Bend is already underway. In his lawsuit, Boerschig claims that “Texas law deprives private property owners … of…

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Additional CWD Cases Discovered at a Quarantined Captive White-tailed Deer Breeding Facility

Additional CWD Cases Discovered at a Quarantined Captive White-tailed Deer Breeding Facility

Thirteen new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) were confirmed at a Medina County captive white-tailed deer breeding facility on June 29. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) discovered these cases while conducting an epidemiological investigation on the quarantined facility after a 3 ½-year-old captive white-tailed doe tested positive for CWD in April 2016. This initial positive doe was tested for CWD due to increased surveillance testing required by the facility’s TAHC herd plan. …

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The Forgotten History of Environmental Protection in Texas

The Forgotten History of Environmental Protection in Texas

Before there was this thing called the internet, families who could afford to often bought an encyclopedia as a home reference. Typically they came with an atlas as well – a thick book of maps, charts and comparisons. Now Texas has one of its own: an unprecedented exploration of the Texas landscape – through more than 300 maps across 500 pages – revealing the evolution of our relationship with the land… Read more from the Texas Standard Join authors David…

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Reclaiming the Night

Reclaiming the Night

We can see the Milky Way from Dripping Springs, but lights in Austin steal a piece of our sky,” Cindy Luongo Cassidy says looking out from the viewing deck of her personal observatory to the starry horizon. Nearby, her husband John tinkers with his large aperture Dobsonian telescope – an obsession of his. See that glow over there?” Cindy asks, pointing northeast. “That’s Austin.”  Read more from Hill Country View Magazine

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Dripping Springs homeowners push against treated wastewater in creek

Dripping Springs homeowners push against treated wastewater in creek

A group of neighbors in Dripping Springs are hoping to stop the city from dumping treated wastewater into their local creek. Thursday night, members of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District held a special meeting to discuss the city’s application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to dump one million gallons of treated wastewater a day into Onion Creek. Dozens of residents arrived to the meeting frustrated and prepared with statistics to make their case that dumping treated wastewater…

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Texas Comptroller Announces Partnerships with Texas A&M, Sam Houston State University to Study Monarch Butterfly

Texas Comptroller Announces Partnerships with Texas A&M, Sam Houston State University to Study Monarch Butterfly

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University will share about $500,000 in funding for a research project to study the monarch butterfly. The research will document the monarch butterfly population in Texas and study its migratory habits. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering placing the butterfly on the federal endangered species list; the research will help continue to fill important data gaps in determining its need for protection. “If the…

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