The Hill Country Alliance is preserving our beautiful land in Central Texas

The Hill Country Alliance is preserving our beautiful land in Central Texas

The non-profit environmental organization, The Hill Country Alliance plays a vital role in preserving the beauty of the hill country of Texas. Their mission is: “The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi- county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.” Our guest on Shades of Green is Daniel Oppenheimer, Land…

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Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District emergency information for well owners

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District emergency information for well owners

Press Release: Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District – For Immediate Release: July 10, 2020 Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District well owners, The Kinder Morgan Pipeline Company is constructing a large natural gas pipeline from west to east through central Hays County that will convey 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Permian Basin to the Houston area. The pipeline will pass directly over terrain that is highly porous and vulnerable to surface contamination. District geologists have…

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Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

As typical dry and hot weather continues to plague South Central Texas, our attention turns to the aquifer level. Right now, the 10 day average is sitting at 660.8 and Paul Bertetti, Director of Aquifer Science at the Edwards Aquifer Authority says we’re going to drop below 660 very soon. “Looking at the current 10 day average, I would expect that by the end of the week or into the weekend, that the ten day average is probably going to…

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Report: Houston’s water conservation efforts lag other Texas cities

Report: Houston’s water conservation efforts lag other Texas cities

Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director of Texas Water Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, said Houston fared worse in the report because of an increase in water loss in its distribution system. Water loss rose from 11% four years ago to 17% in its most recent water audit. “It’s one of those things that’s kind of out of sight, out of mind. The distribution system is underground, a lot of the water loss we don’t see except for those big water main…

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TPWD announces funding opportunity for streamside landowners

TPWD announces funding opportunity for streamside landowners

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking to expand public access to fishing and paddling on Texas rivers through leased access agreements with streamside landowners. Private streamside properties are essential to achieving this goal, and TPWD is requesting applications from landowners for the River Access and Conservation Areas program. “Texas has over 40,000 miles of free-flowing rivers and creeks, and with 95% of the land held in private ownership, it can be a real challenge finding safe legal access…

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Water safety supply lines: What it takes to keep water clean

Water safety supply lines: What it takes to keep water clean

A lot goes into making water safe. Before drinking water reaches the tap, and after wastewater leaves a building, water goes through series of filtration systems that remove the “big” stuff. But that is not the end of the system; disinfection is a key part of keeping the water system safe. “At a very late stage, when all the nutrient and organics have been removed by either the physical, chemical and biological processes, you’re still left with some bacteria,” explained…

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Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler talks with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker about the newly released Texas Water Conservation Scorecard 2020 Report, which provides an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 350 water utilities in Texas. Listen to the full interview with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker from Texas+Water here.  https://soundcloud.com/talkpluswater/talkwater-podcast-23-ken-kramer-jennifer-walker-texas-water-conservation-scorecard-2020-report

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A pipeline poisons the wells in Hill Country

A pipeline poisons the wells in Hill Country

From the moment Kinder Morgan and its business partners announced that their 430-mile Permian Highway Pipeline would cross the Texas Hill Country, landowners, environmentalists, elected officials and groundwater protection agencies along or near the route have fought tooth and nail to move it or stop it. And they openly warned of the precise danger landowners such as Albright now face: disturbing the “karst” features below their property. Like underground Swiss cheese, they serve as conduits for groundwater that, in a…

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Great Springs Project envisions a network of trails from Austin to San Antonio

Great Springs Project envisions a network of trails from Austin to San Antonio

Twenty-seven years ago, Deborah Morin watched as the hills, streams, caves, and springs of the Hill Country outside of Austin were being gobbled up by construction… Almost three decades later, Morin, a San Antonio native, is at the head of a nonprofit working to do just that, but on a much larger scale. She’s president of the board of the Great Springs Project, an initiative to preserve land and stitch together a network of hike and bike trails that will…

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Texas moves ahead on discharging oil wastewater, even as EPA balks

Texas moves ahead on discharging oil wastewater, even as EPA balks

Environmental officials in Texas and other western states are moving ahead on plans to allow oil and gas companies to treat drilling wastewater and discharge it into rivers and streams, even as the Trump administration balks at endorsing the practice amid widespread questions about public health effects. In a report last month, the Environmental Protection Agency not only outlined concerns from scientists and environmentalists about the toxins in the hundreds of billions of gallons of wastewater produced each year by…

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