TESPA Granted Standing

TESPA Granted Standing

The SOAH administrative law judge recently granted the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association standing to contest Needmore Water, LLC’s proposed permit before the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Many landowner members of TESPA near Needmore Ranch testified about their concern regarding Needmore’s proposed permit and plan to pump over 289,000,000 gallons a year from the Trinity Aquifer. TESPA’s hydrogeologist, Doug Wierman, testified that the proposed permit will potentially impact existing wells… Read more from TESPA

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New National Poll Shows That Hunter and Angler Support for Conservation Crosses Party Lines

New National Poll Shows That Hunter and Angler Support for Conservation Crosses Party Lines

  • July 30, 2017
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“In today’s polarized political climate, conservation has become a partisan issue with decision makers, but hunters and anglers strongly support conservation policies across the board, whether they’re Republican, Democrat, or Independent,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “This includes strong support for funding public land management agencies, like the U.S. Forest Service and BLM, and strong support for the BLM’s sage grouse conservation plans that are currently under review. Sportsmen are not split on supporting…

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Boerne workshop will provide landowners with information on conservation easements

Boerne workshop will provide landowners with information on conservation easements

  • July 27, 2017
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The Cibolo Conservancy Land Trust, in partnership with the Hill Country Alliance, is hosting a landowner workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2017, at the Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006. This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term. Conservation easements are one of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property. A conservation easement…

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Safeguards for night skies contemplated in Bandera

Safeguards for night skies contemplated in Bandera

  • July 27, 2017
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The beauty of the region’s nighttime skies was the featured attraction of a presentation sponsored by Bandera City Councilwoman Rebeca Gibson last week in preparation for the development of controls designed to keep light pollution from possibly taking that celestial treasure away. Gibson pulled together about 15 representatives of governing bodies and civic organizations to hear a presentation about the importance of preserving the night skies on Thursday, July 20, by the program manager for the Hill Country Alliance, Cliff…

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CEMEX to partner in county wildlife conservation plan

CEMEX to partner in county wildlife conservation plan

Will Wright | Herald-Zeitung | Comal County Commissioners recently approved steps to formalize an agreement between the county’s Regional Habitat Conservation Plan and CEMEX Construction Materials South, which will establish wildlife protection for endangered species adjacent to the CEMEX quarry site. County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the agreement pledges CEMEX’s participation in the RHCP, which protects habitat areas for endangered species, such as the golden-cheeked warbler, on CEMEX’s 761-acre tract at 2682 Wald Road. The golden-cheeked warbler is a small, migratory…

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Best rivers in Texas: Llano River

Best rivers in Texas: Llano River

  • July 25, 2017
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Checking into our Junction motel, we asked the desk clerk about fun things to do in town. She quipped, “When you find out, let me know.”True, for a student at Texas Tech University-Junction like her, this old Edwards Plateau ranching town offers little social life. Yet for buddy Joe Starr of Houston and me, it served as an ideal base camp for our 13th river tracing. (Our goal: Trace 50 Texas rivers from source to mouth.) Of all the constant-flow Hill Country rivers, the Llano remains the least altered.…

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Why Some Western Water Agencies Are Writing 100-Year Water Plans

Why Some Western Water Agencies Are Writing 100-Year Water Plans

  • July 25, 2017
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Climate change is causing water managers to think long term about their resources. Several western agencies are planning a century in advance, but that’s not without its headaches. IN FEBRUARY OF this year, the largest water district in a state with little water enacted a plan that attempts to manage that increasingly fickle resource for 100 years. The plan, Water: 2120, is the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) in New Mexico’s blueprint to direct water procurement, protection and use for the next century……

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The Most Overvalued Housing Markets In America Are In Texas

The Most Overvalued Housing Markets In America Are In Texas

  • July 23, 2017
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In a city with rising incomes and declining unemployment, it stands to reason that home prices would go up as well. Such is the case in San Antonio. Incomes in the Texas city grew 4.5% between the first quarters of 2016 and 2017, nearly a percentage point more than the national average. The problem is home prices were even hotter. The CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index for San Antonio gained 7.8% year-over-year, compared to a 3.7% gain nationally. As a…

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The Wall (of Reeds) that the Border Patrol Would Like to Tear Down

The Wall (of Reeds) that the Border Patrol Would Like to Tear Down

  • July 17, 2017
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Someone wandering along the banks of the Rio Grande, on the American side, in the summer of 2009 might have been startled by a small cardboard box plummeting to the ground. Neatly sealed with blue packing tape, its paper wrapping crisp and clean, the box would have felt light, even empty. But then, on further inspection, an observer would have noticed the platoon of tiny black insects exiting a slit on one end. Slightly larger than a gnat, the insects…

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Collapse Feature on Cypress Creek in the Wimberley Valley Causes Water Quality Concerns in Immediate Area

Collapse Feature on Cypress Creek in the Wimberley Valley Causes Water Quality Concerns in Immediate Area

  • July 17, 2017
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Read an update from hydrologists at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment about a collapse feature that has developed along Cypress Creek in the Woodcreek Subdivision. A dye test conducted by the Meadows Center shows the extent of the connectivity between the collapse feature and downstream areas along the creek. Updated Technical Note on Cypress Creek Collapse Feature: July 17th, 2017 Jeffery Watson, Doug Wierman, Michael Jones On July 6th, 2017 Jeffery Watson (Hydrogeologist, HTGCD), Doug Wierman (P.G.,…

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