Proposed sewage treatment plant near Honey Creek will recycle water, consultant says

Proposed sewage treatment plant near Honey Creek will recycle water, consultant says

  • September 5, 2018
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A consultant in a planned subdivision has responded to concerns about a permit under review that would allow the discharge of treated sewage from the development upstream of Honey Creek, one of the most pristine waterways left in the Hill Country north of San Antonio. Once the plant is up and running, treated wastewater would only be discharged to Honey Creek during heavy rains, real estate consultant Kelly Leach said. That’s because the subdivision would use recycled wastewater to irrigate its lawns…

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A spillover of growth? Boerne cave business concerned development causing caves to flood

A spillover of growth? Boerne cave business concerned development causing caves to flood

  • September 4, 2018
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The owner and general manager of Cascade Caverns, a cave touring business nestled at the end of a winding road east of I-10, say the caves have seen unusual flooding in recent months, and they’re blaming a series of subdivisions being built nearby. Pamela Brauchle, the general manager at Cascade Caverns, captured video of a heavy flow of water into what’s called the Cascade Caverns Sink, an opening into the caves…Read more at KSAT

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Battle over Wimberley sewage reaches critical juncture … again

Battle over Wimberley sewage reaches critical juncture … again

  • August 29, 2018
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The on-again, off-again Wimberley wastewater treatment plant is off again while the City Council revisits a plan to outsource to a private utility company. Emotions are running high in the Hays County town of about 3,000, divided over an issue that’s been the subject of debate for more than 30 years. Some say they’ve even lost long friendships over it….Read more at myStatesman.com

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Bexar County weighs whether to join regional fight over Edwards Aquifer rights

Bexar County weighs whether to join regional fight over Edwards Aquifer rights

  • August 29, 2018
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Bexar County could soon join the fray in a legal battle over water rights that highlights the conflict between the fast-growing cities and suburbs around San Antonio and agricultural areas that also depend on the Edwards Aquifer. On Friday, Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart appeared in Bexar County Commissioners Court. He asked commissioners to join his county and all its major municipalities to intervene to support the Edwards Aquifer Authority in a legal fight with the Uvalde County Underground Water…

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Sand is choking Lake LBJ, but a battle looms over its removal

Sand is choking Lake LBJ, but a battle looms over its removal

In early 2017, homeowners in Sandy Harbor, a waterfront community in the Highland Lakes chain where Lake Lyndon B. Johnson meets the mouth of Sandy Creek, called Kevin Collier about a problem: sand. There was so much of it that it was preventing some of them from getting their boats in the water. Could he help? Collier co-owns Collier Materials, a Marble Falls–based company that collects and sells sand, soil, and rock, generally for construction. His most notable project at the time was…

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Honey Creek, a pristine Hill Country stream, could soon see treated sewage

Honey Creek, a pristine Hill Country stream, could soon see treated sewage

  • August 22, 2018
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Developers planning a subdivision of more than 2,300 homes in Comal County want to build a sewage treatment plant to discharge into one of the most pristine, spring-fed streams left in the Hill Country. According to a permit application filed with state environmental regulators, up to an average of 500,000 gallons of treated sewage effluent per day could be headed for Honey Creek, which flows through Honey Creek State Natural Area on its way to the Guadalupe River….Read more on The Rivard Report

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$76 million resort coming to Fredericksburg

$76 million resort coming to Fredericksburg

  • August 9, 2018
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Fredericksburg is already a hot spot for visitors — and developers and city tourism officials say a planned $76 million hotel project will help take the Hill Country city to the next level. Construction is scheduled to start on the Seven Hills Resort and Conference Center this fall, with completion slated for 2020. It will be on a 22-acre site at the intersection of North U.S. 87 and West U.S. 290…Read more on Austin American-Statesman

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Pape: State ‘betrays’ Bastrop County by allowing Cedar Creek waste site

Pape: State ‘betrays’ Bastrop County by allowing Cedar Creek waste site

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved a permit for a waste transfer station proposed in Cedar Creek despite strong opposition from residents, the Capital Area Council of Governments and Bastrop County and state officials. “We have been betrayed by TCEQ on this in two ways,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape wrote in an email, obtained by the Bastrop Advertiser, to state Sen. Kirk Watson’s office. “First, they issued the registration before the applicant applied for and receive a local…

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It’s official: CodeNext is dead

It’s official: CodeNext is dead

  • August 2, 2018
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With a unanimous vote Thursday, the Austin City Council killed off the ambitious rewrite of Austin’s land-development code known as CodeNext. The controversial project’s demise came with minimal debate as several of council members laid the blame for its failure on a convoluted process that generated widespread skepticism and criticism that ultimately doomed the years-long project….Read more on Austin American-Statesman

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From the Banks of Sandy Creek

From the Banks of Sandy Creek

It’s called Sandy Creek for a reason. It’s fairly long and, coming up to its mouth, pretty wide, and like many Hill Country creeks, when it’s not flooding, it usually has a little bit of water and quite a bit of sand. It’s pretty, though, largely unspoiled as it runs through farm and ranch land in Llano County before it empties into Lake LBJ, between Sunrise Beach and Horseshoe Bay. The farmers and ranchers, several of whom have owned their land for…

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