Lawmakers working to create special districts to fuel Boerne-area growth

Lawmakers working to create special districts to fuel Boerne-area growth

Developers behind two large subdivisions proposed in Kendall County are asking the Legislature to create a pair of special districts to help finance construction of roads and other infrastructure. Some residents are upset over not being alerted earlier by state and local officials who knew of the legislation since the start of the year. Worries about new growth hastening the depletion of groundwater in Kendall County were tempered by word the developers are exploring out-of-county water sources rather than drilling…

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Legislature considering special use water district

Legislature considering special use water district

Jessica Goode | Boerne Star | Slipping in with the proposition of a new development, another special purpose water district is on the Texas legislative floor. If it passes, Senate Bill 914, sponsored by Republican Senator Donna Campbell, will create the Kendall County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 and grant a limited power of eminent domain, provide authority to issue bonds and authorize the imposition of assessments, fees and taxes. The Biedenharn Ranch, off Scenic Loop Road, is…

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Groundwater district prepares for damaging bills

Groundwater district prepares for damaging bills

Jessica Goode | Boerne Star | Trying to stay ahead of potentially detrimental legislation, Cow Creek Groundwater and Conservation District directors listened to a litany of proposed house and senate bills that threaten local control and aquifer sustainability. At the behest of attorney Monique Norman, directors unanimously approved granting General Manager Micah Voulgaris the authority to engage a lobbyist to represent the district should any of the bills gain momentum. The list of negative bills includes HB 3677, sponsored by…

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Sansom: A living memorial for Buffalo Bayou’s best friend

Sansom: A living memorial for Buffalo Bayou’s best friend

  • April 27, 2017
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Five magnificent Bur oaks planted along Buffalo Bayou west of downtown in Eleanor Tinsley Park will be dedicated on Tuesday in memory of Terese Tarlton “Terry” Hershey. Hershey died in January at 94, leaving behind a legacy of conservation and activism as towering as this beautiful stand of Bur oaks. The trees will grow to shade the souls and inspire the spirits of bayou lovers for decades, if not centuries to come.  She would likely be pleased. The oaks are…

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Visit these at-risk Hill Country water sources, while you still can

Visit these at-risk Hill Country water sources, while you still can

  • April 26, 2017
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Imagine sitting on the edge of a spring-fed pool with your feet dangling in the ice cold water on a hot summer’s day. That vision might become a reality of the past. Caretakers of San Marcos, Comal, and Jacob’s Well springs are struggling to protect sources of the spring-fed streams while allowing the cooling relief to the thousands of Texan toes yearning to be free. “All of our rivers and streams are spring-fed,” says Sharlene Leurig, director of the Texas…

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‘No Land No Water’ campaign promotes conservation

‘No Land No Water’ campaign promotes conservation

When it rains in Texas, it falls predominantly on a privately-owned farm, ranch or timberland. How that land is managed will have consequences for the future of Texas water. That’s a cornerstone message of “No Land No Water,” a new public awareness campaign of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT). The campaign promotes conservation of private working lands is key to protecting the state’s water resources. Social media sites, billboards and a new website are bringing attention to the campaign and…

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HCA Welcomes New Staff to Expand Landowner Outreach Program

HCA Welcomes New Staff to Expand Landowner Outreach Program

  • April 25, 2017
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  The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) recently named Daniel Oppenheimer as its new Landowner Outreach and Development Manager to lead the organization’s efforts to connect with landowners in the Hill Country. Founded in 2005, the Hill Country Alliance is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country. “We are excited and fortunate to have Daniel join the Hill…

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50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything

50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything

J. David Bamberger discusses the restoration of Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve in this National Geographic short film showcase from director Ben Masters. “My objective was to find the worst piece of land I could possibly find in the Hill Country of Texas and begin a process of restoration that would change it back to be one of the best, and that has happened right here. By habitat restoration. By working with Mother Nature instead of against her.” Watch the film, Selah:…

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As controversy swirls, feral hog bait manufacturer pulls out of Texas

  • April 25, 2017
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A grand experiment by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to hasten “the feral hog apocalypse” is on hold after the company producing a bait meant to kill the destructive animals has asked the Texas Agriculture Department to withdraw its approval of the product. The rollout of the product, Kaput Feral Hog Bait, had faced wide skepticism from hunters, environmentalists and meat processing plants following its promotion by Miller in February. Lawmakers in the Texas House had quickly moved to pass…

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TSCRA Hears Update On Eminent Domain Bills; Action Is Needed

TSCRA Hears Update On Eminent Domain Bills; Action Is Needed

  • April 20, 2017
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  Colleen Schreiber | Livestock Weekly | According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, more people moved to Texas than the populations of Montana, Wyoming, both Dakotas, Vermont, and Alaska combined. The same thing is predicted from 2010 to 2020. Of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S., eight are located in Texas. Additionally, Hays County, just south of Austin, is the fastest-growing county in the U.S. on a percentage basis, and Williamson County, just north of…

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