Women landowner, wildlife stewardship conference set Oct. 3-4

Women landowner, wildlife stewardship conference set Oct. 3-4

Women landowner numbers are growing. Simultaneously, interest in wildlife operations is increasing. An upcoming two-day conference will bring the two together in the Edwards Plateau region. “Women in Wildlife Conservation – Resources to Set a Stewardship Path,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will take place Oct. 3-4 at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg. The conference, funded by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Trust, is an effort to reach women landowners interested in enhancing the wildlife…

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RIP Lone Star Rail

RIP Lone Star Rail

  • September 15, 2016
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After months of fighting for its relevancy with politicians, bureaucrats and drivers on I-35, Lone Star Rail has passed away. It was 13. Throughout its lifetime, Lone Star Rail showed glimmers of promise, tantalizing Texans from San Antonio to Austin with the prospect of high-speed rail linking these two sister cities. The thought of zipping along I-35, free of bumper-to-bumper traffic and the snarling rumble of freight trucks, sipping an iced coffee while looking at Facebook under the pretense of…

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How Micro-Flora & Fauna Contribute To Water Quality

How Micro-Flora & Fauna Contribute To Water Quality

  • September 14, 2016
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They may be small, but micro flora and fauna play a significant role in the ecosystem of Texas waterways. At the Texas Water Symposium on Thursday, September 1 in Kerrville, a panel of educators, researchers and ecologists shared their insights on the impact of human development on these small creatures, and explained their role in keeping our rivers and streams healthy. In the audio, you’ll learn in detail: Why our waters aren’t murky with fish poop. (Hint: small microorganisms help…

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Cook: The lure and challenge of the Texas Hill Country

Cook: The lure and challenge of the Texas Hill Country

  • September 9, 2016
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Our Texas Hill Country lifestyle: dark quiet night skies filled with stars, the privacy afforded by having some space between you and your neighbors, less worry about crime and air pollution, and just a slower pace all the way around. These are some of the reasons people have moved here for generations and stayed to raise families, start businesses and hunker down for the long haul. People who move here often do so at the expense of making as much…

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HCA Director’s Notes: September 2016

HCA Director’s Notes: September 2016

  • September 7, 2016
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The first two months of my official tenure as Executive Director at HCA have gone by in a blur. The outpouring of support from you—our readers, partners, media and friends—means so much to all of us at HCA. It is your work, care and contribution that make everything we do possible. In fact, HCA received some fun media attention recently—check out this month’s Austin Monthly profile of the “Seven People Keeping Austin Green”—featuring yours truly as the “Hill Country Heroine.”…

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Texas experiences wettest August in 100 years

Texas experiences wettest August in 100 years

  • September 7, 2016
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If you think August was a wet month in Texas, pick up your prize.  Preliminary totals indicate that August averaged about 5.69 inches of rain statewide, in a tie with 1914 for the wettest August on record, according to figures from the State Climatologist office at Texas A&M University. John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M who also serves as State Climatologist, says the wet month was due to an atmospheric wind pattern that pumped lots of deep,…

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Lands that I love

Lands that I love

Our streams, woods, grasslands, and lakes are at greater risk than at any time in our history, but the stories of three places—a ranch in the Hill Country, a forest in East Texas, and a prairie outside Fort Worth—prove that ordinary people can find inventive ways to protect our state’s most treasured resources. Check out this great article by Andy Sansom published in the January 2010 issue of Texas Monthly. Lands that I love by Andy Sansom Texas Monthly January,…

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TESPA continues focus on Hill Country groundwater threats

TESPA continues focus on Hill Country groundwater threats

The Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA), originally formed as a response to Electro Purification development proposal near Wimberley, is continuing their focus on Hill Country groundwater issues by addressing new threats to area groundwater supply. Three major concerns TESPA is working to bring to public attention are the Needmore Water, LLC, well application currently pending before the Barton Springs Edward Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD), the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation’s (DSWSC) pending application before the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation…

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Bankruptcy sheds more light on Abengoa’s Vista Ridge dealings

Bankruptcy sheds more light on Abengoa’s Vista Ridge dealings

Spanish conglomerate Abengoa routed nearly $119 million in borrowed funds for the Vista Ridge pipeline project through a nonprofit water supply corporation, according to bankruptcy court filings. Exactly why that money was funneled through the nonprofit Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corp. is unclear. State law gives a nonprofit water supply corporation eminent domain authority, which could come in handy in building the controversial pipeline, which the San Antonio Water System hopes will provide the city with 20 percent of…

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