Blanco distillery uses one hundred percent rainwater

Blanco distillery uses one hundred percent rainwater

“One of the distinctions of our whiskey is the rainwater exclusively used in the distilling process,” Erwin said. “We put in a 56,000-gallon rainwater collection tank to tap into the best tasting water which also helps us conserve water.” Andalusia’s water tank harvests 3,700 gallons of water for every one inch of rain. They buy potable water from the city of Blanco for non-distilling use at the property because they’re outside of city limits and well water is not drinkable……

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Economic valuation of groundwater in Texas

Economic valuation of groundwater in Texas

Groundwater is a strategic economic asset, and recent Texas Supreme Court decisions have strengthened private ownership rights in groundwater. Despite the economic and political stakes, debate on how to actually value groundwater has been sparse. In response, this article sets forth seven methods of economically valuing groundwater in Texas and uses case studies and hypotheticals informed by real data to assess the valuation techniques’ strengths and weaknesses under a range of conditions… Read more from the Texas Water Journal  

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IN THE GARDEN: Pesky Pests; Repel and Attract; and Dark Sky Lighting

IN THE GARDEN: Pesky Pests; Repel and Attract; and Dark Sky Lighting

Ben Eldredge of Cibolo Nature Center eloquently explains the importance of dark sky lighting: “Our stars are fading behind a vail of light. As communities grow, the amount of light grows with them, casting more light into our atmosphere. This light interacts with particles in the atmosphere, bouncing light back to the planet’s surface. “Eventually, all but the brightest stars become obscured from view. This effect is called ‘light pollution,’ and, besides blocking our view of the universe, it also disrupts people’s…

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$7.5M treatment plant greenlighted in Wimberley

$7.5M treatment plant greenlighted in Wimberley

With funding now accounted for, Wimberley is moving forward with the addition of sewer lines in downtown, as well as its proposed $7.5 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The joint project marks the city’s initiative to accommodate a growing population and downtown tourist presence that drives Wimberley’s sales tax revenue. Located near the Blue Hole Regional Park, the wastewater plant will have the capacity to store up to 500,000 gallons of treated wastewater which will be used for irrigation throughout…

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Night Sky Friendly Program

Night Sky Friendly Program

Our recent award of the Night Sky Friendly Business Recognition Program, sponsored by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce goes to Benjie’s. This program recognizes businesses that use light fixtures that use less electricity and preserves our beautiful starry skies. Benjie’s is located at 208 Ft. McKavitt on the square in Mason. Beatrice and Julio Ramon purchased an existing store in January of 2014 and a few months later they closed to remodel. They took down the very bright fluorescent…

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Replacing Mother Nature Can Be Expensive

Replacing Mother Nature Can Be Expensive

“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude,” Dr. Tom Arsuffi stressed near the beginning of the most recent Texas Water Symposium. The panel discussion, moderated by Katherine Romans, Executive Director of the Hill Country Alliance, also brought together District 53 Rep. Andy Murr and Texas A&M researcher Hughes Simpson to discuss the preservation of natural assets. “We’re losing those free things that nature provides us,” Arsuffi continued, referring to everything from photosynthesis to healthy soils…

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Attorney General Says TCEQ Must Ignore Zoning and Other City Ordinances When Approving Concrete Crushing Facility

Attorney General Says TCEQ Must Ignore Zoning and Other City Ordinances When Approving Concrete Crushing Facility

On April 19, the attorney general issued an opinion (KP-190) concluding not only that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) does not have to, but in some cases is not allowed to, consider zoning and other city recommendations when approving permits for concrete crushing facilities. TML and the Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) filed comments with the attorney general arguing exactly the opposite. TML and TCAA argued that the TCEQ has a statutory mandate under the Texas Clean Air…

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White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study

Scott Pruitt’s EPA and the White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on a nationwide water-contamination crisis, after one Trump administration aide warned it would cause a “public relations nightmare,” newly disclosed emails reveal. The intervention early this year — not previously disclosed — came as HHS’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was preparing to publish its assessment of a class of toxic chemicals that has contaminated water supplies near military bases, chemical plants…

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Electro Purification is back

Electro Purification is back

A Houston-based firm at the center of controversy in 2015 is now looking to draw roughly one billion gallons of water per year from the Trinity Aquifer. Electro Purification (EP), which had failed in its attempt to secure water in 2015, submitted a request to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) to pump water from wells on land located between Kyle and Wimberley. EP’s application was submitted on July 13, 2017 to the BSEACD for the purposes of…

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Texas Water Symposium Will Explore ‘Ecosystem Services’ Function, Cost Savings To Taxpayers

Texas Water Symposium Will Explore ‘Ecosystem Services’ Function, Cost Savings To Taxpayers

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Texas Water Symposium with an evening discussion about “Ecosystem Services” and the value of healthy lands and waters to all Texans. This installment of the Texas Water Symposium will take place at 7pm on Thursday, May 10th. The program, titled Ecosystem Services: how we can help preserve and protect our naturalassets, will be held at the Texas Tech University Field Station in  Junction, Texas. The Texas Water Symposium is free and open to the public… Read more from Community Impact

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