New Wimberley school aims to take water conservation to the next level

New Wimberley school aims to take water conservation to the next level

  • July 15, 2019
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From Texas Standard:  Wimberley Independent School District in Central Texas is moving forward with the construction of a new environmentally friendly school. The project focuses on the conservation of water. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday, most of Texas is completely drought-free. That’s a stark change from where the state was this time last year, let alone the extreme drought conditions of years past. But even as drought pressure has abated, water remains both a valuable and…

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Craft conservation: The new effort to save Texas water sources through beer

Craft conservation: The new effort to save Texas water sources through beer

  • July 15, 2019
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If you have a favorite brewery, you also have a favorite watershed. A new effort from conservation groups and local breweries aims to connect those two ideas, that good craft beer must start with good, clean water. “That water flows through, and it picks up minerals and nutrients, but it can also pick up pollutants. All of these things affect the quality of downstream beer,” said Thomas Waymouth, director of the new Texas Brewshed Alliance. Waymouth and his wife brought…

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Water recycling system at new elementary school will cut use by 90%

Water recycling system at new elementary school will cut use by 90%

The newest elementary school in Wimberley will be the most water-efficient school in the state, conservation groups and planners hope. The school, funded through 2018 bond money, will gather rainwater and air conditioning condensate to flush toilets; that wastewater will then be treated on-site and used to irrigate fields. Planners say the system will cut water use at the school by 90% and save the district as much as $1 million over the next 30 years. Students will see the…

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Ground water pumping is bleeding US’s rivers dry

Ground water pumping is bleeding US’s rivers dry

New research led by a hydrologist at the University of Arizona warns that massive groundwater pumping since the 1950s is bleeding rivers dry. The findings can help shape policy for the proper management of U.S. water resources, the authors say, and should be of interest especially for states such as Arizona that manage groundwater and surface water separately. “We’re trying to figure out how that groundwater depletion has actually reshaped our hydrologic landscape,” said first author Laura Condon, a University…

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Commentary: Why you should care about groundwater pumping in Hays County

Commentary: Why you should care about groundwater pumping in Hays County

  • June 25, 2019
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Barton Springs, the Austin’s beloved spring-fed swimming pool, is the crown jewel of the city – the soul of this soulful town. Almost a million people cooled off in the springs in 2018, and more than a million swimmers are expected to return in 2019….In recent years, hydrogeologists studying groundwater flow in the Trinity Aquifer to the west of Austin in Hays County have learned the Trinity is also a source of water for Barton Springs….Water in Hays County is…

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Dripping Springs neighbors petition to ‘Save Hamilton Pool’ from RV park development

Dripping Springs neighbors petition to ‘Save Hamilton Pool’ from RV park development

  • June 24, 2019
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A petition circulating online is calling for an end to a proposal to put an RV park near The Hamilton Pool Preserve. “Our kids have grown up here. Our daughter had birthday parties down at Hamilton pool,” said Stagecoach Ranch resident Bob Adkins. People who live nearby believe the quality of water and wildlife at Hamilton Pool is in jeopardy. Two developers are eyeing a 10-acre piece of land above the entrance to the pool. “The property is about 500,…

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Scientists have big hopes for Uvalde pool study

Scientists have big hopes for Uvalde pool study

  • June 21, 2019
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Ron Green, a scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, and his team of hydro-geologists are busy collecting data on and creating a lumped parameter model for the Uvalde Pool, a major reservoir of underground water centered over central Uvalde County and part of the Edwards Aquifer. Though the project is relatively new, Green said their research in Uvalde has been ongoing for over 20 years. “For over 20-plus years, we’ve been trying to quantify how much water goes…

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City Council opposes pipeline; calls for review of potential impact to aquifers

City Council opposes pipeline; calls for review of potential impact to aquifers

Joining several other Central Texas communities, the Austin City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a natural gas pipeline that energy company Kinder Morgan is routing through the Hill Country. The 430-mile pipeline is proposed to travel from West Texas to the Gulf Coast, crossing over the Trinity and Edwards aquifers, cutting through natural habitat areas, as well as privately owned Hill Country properties. Working with members of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and the TREAD…

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Letter to the Editor, the challenges of growth

Letter to the Editor, the challenges of growth

by Ernie Witter, New Braunfels, TX, with the Comal Country Conservation Alliance Letter to the Editor of the Herald-Zietung Published June 11, 2019 Recent articles in the Herald-Zietung pointed out the continued growth of New Braunfels. As the second fastest growing city by percentage in the nation, New Braunfels welcomes about 15 new people each day—that’s about 5,500 new residents per year. Providing schools, libraries, parks, medical facilities, police, firefighters, and other services that our growing population will need is…

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Letter to the Editor, Legislature approves funding for parks

Letter to the Editor, Legislature approves funding for parks

by Jensie Madden, Comal County, TX, with the Comal County Conservation Alliance Letter to the Editor of New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Published June 11, 2019 As the 86th session of the Texas Legislature draws to a close, I am celebrating the passage of legislation to allow Texans to vote in support of state parks. Thanks to the co-sponsorship of Senator Donna Campbell and Representative Kyle Biedermann along with many other legislators, a joint resolution will allow for the placement of a…

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