Opinion: Through grandmother’s house it goes – Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, that is

Opinion: Through grandmother’s house it goes – Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, that is

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan would very much like to route a pipeline over the aquifer and through the woods, grandmother’s house be damned. Or condemned, as the case may be. We are talking about KM’s planned Permian Highway Pipeline, a 430-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline planned to run through the heart of the Texas Hill Country and over the extraordinarily sensitive Trinity and Edwards Aquifers, the water supply for millions of Texans, including residents of San Antonio. The Trinity Edwards…

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Centuries-old irrigation system shows how to manage scarce water

Centuries-old irrigation system shows how to manage scarce water

It’s spring again, the time of year—for the 300th time in some instances—when New Mexico communities come together to clean the acequias, irrigation channels that carry snowmelt from the mountains to newly tilled farm fields. Each annual cleaning is one more demonstration that at least here, in these close-knit communities arrayed across arid and rugged rangeland, it’s possible for people to share scarce resources to achieve a common goal—in this case, making sure everyone in the group has enough water.…

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Cave explorers discover new 600-foot passage in Natural Bridge Caverns

Cave explorers discover new 600-foot passage in Natural Bridge Caverns

After six hours of trekking through cappuccino-colored muck last week, a team of cavers entered a previously unexplored 600-foot-long passage inside Natural Bridge Caverns. The passage, located 145 feet underground, is full of mineral-rich pools of water bordered by mounds of ice-like crystals. “It is absolutely beautiful and the most spectacular cave ‘ice’ that we’ve ever seen at Natural Bridge Caverns,” said Brad Wuest, president and CEO of the caverns. The team of 14 explorers wedged and wriggled their way…

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Local official opposes state water bill in Austin hearing

Local official opposes state water bill in Austin hearing

Last week Boerne’s Milan Michalec, chairman of Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, was in Austin speaking against House Bill 1806. Authored by Senator Donna Campbell, HB 1806 was the subject of a public hearing in the Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs committee. It is intended to authorize the San Antonio Water System to sell water into particular, adjacent counties. One of only three of the seven committee members were present for the hearing, Dist. 18 Senator Lois Kolkhorst spoke, objecting…

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Lake Dunlap to completely drain after dam failure

Lake Dunlap to completely drain after dam failure

Water continues to pour out of lake Dunlap, draining the lake after a spill gate failed early Tuesday morning. Officials say the lake, located in the northern portion of Guadalupe County on the Guadalupe River, will have completely drained by day’s end. “The lake levels have dropped approximately six feet,” Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) spokesperson Patty Gonzales said just after noon on Tuesday. “We do expect the lake to dewater later today, maybe this evening.” Water began to surge over…

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May Director’s Notes: Get to Know Ted Flato

May Director’s Notes: Get to Know Ted Flato

Dear Hill Country Neighbors, Spring is the time for neighbors to reach across fence lines, celebrate the good rains we’ve been enjoying, and get together to speak with a common voice for the Hill Country. From the Pedernales Potluck (a bi-annual landowner gathering that HCA organizes for landowners in the basin) to the Headwaters Alliance (a landowner gathering with a focus on keeping the springs and rivers of the Hill Country flowing) and the TREAD Coalition (a new initiative focused…

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Endgame: Water for a water district

Endgame: Water for a water district

For well over two years and spanning two legislatures, Kendall County Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) No. 3 has searched for a source of water. It now appears that a source has been found, but only if the law that protects the Edwards Aquifer can be changed by the same body that created it. When Senate Bill (SB) 1170 was introduced by Senator Donna Campbell, a companion House Bill (HB) 1806 by Representative Tracey King was also filed. This…

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Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve opens

Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve opens

Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve, Buda, TX – Hays County and the family of the late Gay Ruby Dahlstrom today officially opened the nature preserve named in her honor. “This 384-acre preserve is the culmination of Gay Ruby Dahlstrom’s vision to share her love of the environment and natural beauty with everyone,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones said. “Thanks to the Dahlstrom family and our other partners, this space is now open for those seeking the peace and quiet of…

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Kinder Morgan asks judge to throw out Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit

Kinder Morgan asks judge to throw out Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit

Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against a project to move natural gas from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Gulf Coast. Citing various technicalities, lawyers representing the pipeline company filed a motion on Tuesday asking a state district judge in Travis County to throw out the lawsuit against Kinder Morgan, a subsidiary overseeing the pipeline project and state regulators. Opponents of the Permian Highway Pipeline filed an April…

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Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative accepting applications for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative accepting applications for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

AUSTIN, Texas – Hill Country Conservancy (HCC), the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network and 18 partner organizations today announced Applications of Eligibility are now being accepted from farmers, ranchers and wildlife managers to take part in the $5.15 million pledge awarded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in July 2018. The funds are being offered as Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funds as land stewardship financial assistance for qualified landowners actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities on private…

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