How about rethinking a cultural icon? The front lawn.

How about rethinking a cultural icon? The front lawn.

  • October 13, 2017
  • News

According to NASA, there are 40 million acres of turf grass in the United States — lawn, in a sense, is our largest crop. Individually we spend, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 hours a year mowing our lawns; and as a nation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, we pour 9 billion gallons of water daily on those lawns. Nevertheless, in the past two decades, according to the U.S. census, the average new home has grown 21 percent, even…

Read More
Private equity firm invests in business that sells water in the Texas Hill Country

Private equity firm invests in business that sells water in the Texas Hill Country

Money is flowing into a local water business to make more drinking water available and plug projected shortages as the Texas Hill Country’s population swells. A new company launched by a prominent rural Texas land broker in San Antonio, Harold Trip DuPerier III, secured significant capital from a New York City-based private equity investment firm, the companies announced. Local water well operator Texas Water Supply Company LLC was formed in early October with its governing agent as DBT Investments LP, which was…

Read More
Hays County Commissioner Will Conley steps down to run for judge

Hays County Commissioner Will Conley steps down to run for judge

  • October 12, 2017
  • News

Hays County Commissioner Will Conley is stepping down from his post to seek the Republican nomination for county judge, he announced Tuesday night at a press conference. County Judge Bert Cobb has been on leave since August as he battles cancer. Cobb is not seeking re-election when his term expires in 2018, Conley said. “These are critical times and I’m running for county judge to keep up the fight so our families can enjoy a high quality of life for generations…

Read More
One family’s venture in private land conservation: generation to generation

One family’s venture in private land conservation: generation to generation

Ninety-seven percent of the land in Texas is privately owned. It is regularly acknowledged that increasing fragmentation of private lands is one of the greatest threats to the sound management of our natural resources, including ground and surface water, wildlife habitat, and the farms, rangelands, and forests that produce our food and fiber. Landowning families experience intense pressure to divide their land into smaller and smaller parcels or to sell their land for development or other purposes, which result in…

Read More
Pumping impacts to Devils River

Pumping impacts to Devils River

Video: A geoscience team from Southwest Research Institute recently completed a study on the long-term effects of groundwater pumping near Devils River, one of the state’s last pristine rivers. They found that the river relies heavily on natural springs from the Trinity-Edwards Aquifer in Southwest Texas. The headwaters moved 10 miles downstream since the 1960s. Watch video at KLRN.com

Read More
Commissioner Wolff: High-Speed Rail Transportation ‘Closer Than Ever’ for SA

Commissioner Wolff: High-Speed Rail Transportation ‘Closer Than Ever’ for SA

  • October 10, 2017
  • News

High-speed passenger rail connecting Texas cities, a promise that seemed to have died after decades of discussion, is back in the conversation as San Antonio squares off against growth and congestion with talk of light rail as a solution that needs only voter support. If you sat in traffic this morning, waited for a bus, or wished for a nonstop flight that doesn’t exist, you can thank Amazon for at least some of the sense of urgency to these conversations. The company’s…

Read More
SAWS offers its customers discounted rain barrels

SAWS offers its customers discounted rain barrels

  • October 10, 2017
  • News

This fall, San Antonio Water System is helping customers save money and water by offering coupons toward the purchase of rain barrels (limit 2), and the Trinity Glen Rose District is hosting the Nov. 4th rain barrel pickup event. SAWS customers can sign up for the coupons online at saws.org/rainbarrels, where you’ll select your preferred pickup method: from one of our distribution sites or directly from retailer Stone & Soil Depot. Please read the full signup instructions at the SAWS…

Read More
Oct. 16 last day to comment to keep Texas billboards from doubling to 85 feet

Oct. 16 last day to comment to keep Texas billboards from doubling to 85 feet

Imagine driving across Texas and seeing billboards suddenly stretching twice as high, marring your view of the landscape. A scenic advocacy group fears this could be the result of proposed new rules from the Texas Department of Transportation. For decades, the maximum height for billboards has stood at 42 1/2 feet. But the proposed rules state that “a sign existing on March 1, 2017 may not be higher than 85 feet.” That’s taller than an 8-story building… Read more from Star-Telegram The…

Read More
Community Unites Against Rock Crusher Site

Community Unites Against Rock Crusher Site

  • October 6, 2017
  • News

Local efforts to beautify and strategically develop the intersection of US Hwy 281 and Texas State Hwy 71 face a cloudy future if a proposed rock crusher facility is green lighted by the state.  Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways recently tilled and seeded the 11 acre cloverleaf intersection, but by the time the legacy wildflowers mature, their blooms may be covered in dust from the rock quarry and crusher activity. News of the proposed rock crusher facility spread quickly after…

Read More
Boerne still charms but growth beckons

Boerne still charms but growth beckons

  • October 3, 2017
  • News

Natalie Sales had never laid eyes on this small town, nestled in the Hill Country 30 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, when her husband suggested moving here four years ago, seeking a better quality of life. The couple were raising their two daughters in the Rio Grande Valley, where both had jobs but wanted a change. Sales’ husband had visited Boerne years before and had read about the highly rated Boerne Independent School District. In 2013, the Sales family…

Read More