TPWD Announces Opening of Guadalupe River Fishing Leases

TPWD Announces Opening of Guadalupe River Fishing Leases

  • December 8, 2017
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The Canyon Reservoir Tailrace, located below Canyon Reservoir on the Guadalupe River, is considered one of the top trout fishing destinations in the United States. To help anglers access the river during the peak of the cool-weather trout fishing season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has leased four access areas from private landowners starting the first week of December. “This portion of the Guadalupe River is a very popular trout fishery and is likely the most fished reach of…

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New Census Data Shows SA’s Population Growth Rate Beating Dallas, Houston

New Census Data Shows SA’s Population Growth Rate Beating Dallas, Houston

  • December 8, 2017
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San Antonio’s population increased by about 10 percent since 2011 to 1,439,358, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The city’s growth is second to Austin (16.1 percent), but outpaces that of Houston (7.2 percent) and Dallas (6.8 percent) over the same time period. “It’s a little bit slower growth,” said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who compared the figure relative to the State Demographer’s projections of about…

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Texas Has An Epic Story To Tell About Water Conservation

Texas Has An Epic Story To Tell About Water Conservation

  • December 8, 2017
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Texans are making tremendous progress on conserving water. In fact, in the municipal sector (composed of residential, institutional, industrial, and commercial water use) cities across Texas are using 21 percent less water than we were in 2000. One of the methods used to track water use is to calculate how much water is used per person each day, or gallons per capita per day (GPCD). Each Texas community tracks this data. Using this information, which is collected by the Texas…

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Challenges of Rapid Growth

Challenges of Rapid Growth

  • December 5, 2017
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What happens when an area known for its natural beauty and resources experiences rapid population growth? Executive Director, Katherine Romans, joins the Mothering Earth podcast for a discussion on the unique challenges of balancing growth with natural resource protection in the Texas Hill Country. Listen to the full podcast from Mothering Earth here

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Symposium mulls ‘climate change’

Symposium mulls ‘climate change’

  • November 30, 2017
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A Texas Water Symposium titled “Climate and Water in Central Texas: Planning for a Changing Resource,” was held earlier in November at Schreiner University and recorded for broadcasting on Texas Public Radio. The public was invited to the free symposium to hear moderator Weir Labatt and a panel of four experts discuss water conservation and climate change; and could ask questions after their presentations… Read more from Hill Country Community Journal

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Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

Officials in Hays County cities and others along the Interstate 35 corridor are moving forward with a $225.8 million deal to secure a long-term water supply for the rapidly growing region. The coalition of agencies has permits in hand and financing underway to start construction next year on a 95-mile pipeline to pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart in Caldwell County. The pipeline will bring an additional 13 million gallons of water per day to San Marcos,…

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TCEQ Punts on Water Rights Fight on the San Saba River

TCEQ Punts on Water Rights Fight on the San Saba River

  • November 28, 2017
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In the latest volley in a decade-long fight over water rights on the San Saba River in Central Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has delayed implementing a permanent solution to ensure the river flows year round. As the Observer reported in October, a 40-mile stretch of the river has repeatedly dried up between Menard and Brady. Landowners who live downstream charge that their neighbors upstream are to blame for illegally pumping more water than their permits allow, and TCEQ hasn’t settled…

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Kyle officials find temporary fix for failing wastewater plant

Kyle officials said Tuesday that they’ve come up with fixes for the city’s wastewater treatment plant, which experienced a mechanical failure Sunday morning. City staff will install a temporary pump system at the malfunctioning plant this afternoon that will mimic the function of the broken part. Division Manager Jason Biemer said the city hopes to have the pump running by Tuesday night… Read more from Statesman.com

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Wastewater plant issue could lead to partially treated effluent in Plum Creek

Wastewater plant issue could lead to partially treated effluent in Plum Creek

  • November 27, 2017
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Kyle city officials are scrambling to rectify an issue at the city’s wastewater treatment plant that, if left unfixed, could release up to one million gallons per day of partially treated effluent into Plum Creek. The issue took place Sunday when the center well bearing system at the Kyle WWTP 1 suffered “significant component failure,” according to a city press release. According to the city, Plant 1 is approximately 20 years old. The bearing system is the main part of…

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Six oil operators, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation form partnership

Six oil operators, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation form partnership

  • November 27, 2017
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Partnerships and joint ventures are nothing new among Permian Basin oil operators, but a new partnership just announced takes a unique approach. Six companies with significant operations in the Permian Basin – Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron, ExxonMobil’s subsidiary XTO Energy, Noble Energy, Occidental Petroleum and Shell Oil are teaming up with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to form the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative to support conservation projects in the region. The initiative is designed to identify significant conservation opportunities to…

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