Festival Brings Together Good Things to Know and Fun Things to Do

Festival Brings Together Good Things to Know and Fun Things to Do

  • October 31, 2017
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The Hill Country Alliance brings its eighth annual Rainwater Revival + Hill Country Living Festival to the Dripping Springs Ranch Park on Saturday, November 4. The Festival is a combination of fun things to do, like live music, wine tasting, food trailers, tiny homes—and good things to know about, such as water conservation, dark night skies, land stewardship, and wildlife management. More than 75 vendors will share their products, services and information on rainwater harvesting, sustainable energy, green building, home…

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Cindy Luongo Cassidy honored with International Dark-Sky award

Cindy Luongo Cassidy honored with International Dark-Sky award

  • October 31, 2017
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The International Dark-Sky Association has recently recognized U.S. and international dark sky heroes for their contributions to combating light pollution. The 2017 award winners include the pioneer of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, research coordinator for the Loss of Night Network, and organizer for the Texas Night Sky Festival in Dripping Springs, TX.  This year’s Chapter Leadership Award has gone to Cindy Luongo Cassidy of Driftwood, TX. Cassidy is IDA’s Texas Chapter Leader and initiated the Texas Night Sky Festival, in Dripping Springs, TX… Learn more…

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America’s Next Great Metropolis Is Taking Shape In Texas

America’s Next Great Metropolis Is Taking Shape In Texas

  • October 30, 2017
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This is a post from last that is still very relevant today. If you drive south from Dallas, or west from Houston, a subtle shift takes place. The monotonous, flat prairie that dominates much of Texas gives way to a landscape that rises and ebbs. The region around Highway 35 is called the Hill Country, and although it does not seem so curvy to a Californian, it is some of the very nicest land in the state of Texas, attracting a growing coterie…

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Meadows Center Gets New Chief Water Policy Officer

Meadows Center Gets New Chief Water Policy Officer

  • October 27, 2017
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Robert Mace, a senior scientist and deputy executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), will join The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. With more than 20 years of experience at the highest levels of state government, Mace is one of the most respected water professionals in Texas. “We are very fortunate to have convinced Robert to take a leading role in our organization here at Texas State University,” Sansom said. “He has…

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Backed by private capital, company plans heavy pumping in Trinity Aquifer

Backed by private capital, company plans heavy pumping in Trinity Aquifer

A local company’s plan to pump more water from the sensitive Trinity Aquifer to supply fast-growing northern Bexar and southern Comal counties is raising concerns after a New York private equity firm announced its financial support. Brightstar Capital Partners said earlier this month it had chosen Texas Water Supply Co. LLC, or TWS, as its second “platform investment” in Texas. A website for Texas Water Supply Co. states it controls nearly 40 Trinity wells in two clusters — one just south of…

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Community Unites Against Rock Crusher Site – Deadline for comments Oct. 31

Community Unites Against Rock Crusher Site – Deadline for comments Oct. 31

  • October 26, 2017
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The mayors of Cottonwood Shores and Marble Falls have jumped into the fray against plans for a rock crushing facility just off the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 71 in Burnet County. Cottonwood Shores recently joined several other cities, including Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay, and Marble Falls in passing resolutions in opposition to Asphalt Inc.’s pending air quality permit. The permit is pending approval by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Cottonwood Shores City Council unanimously passed a resolution,…

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Director’s Notes – October 2017

Director’s Notes – October 2017

  • October 19, 2017
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If you’re a river lover like me, then you likely celebrated #WorldRiversDay last month on September 27. Rivers are an integral part of our communities. In fact, did you know there are 13 rivers that begin right here in the Texas Hill Country? More than just a place for the occasional summer retreat, tubing trip, or fishing adventure, these waters sustain life from the rural ranches of our region to the thriving estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico. They are…

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Festival Will Celebrate the Joy and Beauty of Hill Country Living

Festival Will Celebrate the Joy and Beauty of Hill Country Living

  • October 19, 2017
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The Rainwater Revival + Hill Country Living Festival, an annual event of the Hill Country Alliance, returns to the Dripping Spring Ranch Park on Saturday, November 4, from 10am to 5pm. The festival is free, family friendly, and promises plenty to do and see for all ages and all who love the Hill Country. This event is a major expansion from the past seven years of the Rainwater Revival, now with a broader focus on living lightly, recreating responsibly, and…

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How about rethinking a cultural icon? The front lawn.

How about rethinking a cultural icon? The front lawn.

  • October 13, 2017
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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…

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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…

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