Texas Water Challenges film series premiers

Texas Water Challenges film series premiers

The Texas Water Roundtable has premiered the short film series, Texas Water Challenges. Five ten-minute films on contemporary water issues impacting Texas – water pricing and economics, new water, surface/groundwater coordination, water education, and Texas water challenges overview. The films were released January 2018 and will premiere at the State Capital Annex Auditorium on April 11th from 1-3pm. Click links below to watch: · Feature film all five topics (60 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250315889 · Texas Water Challenges (10 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250203877 · Water Economics and…

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Keep sewage out of Hill Country creeks

Keep sewage out of Hill Country creeks

Dripping Springs is a good 90-minute drive to the north of San Antonio, but the flow of water connects this region even as water fights divide it. In this case, Dripping Springs is pursuing a permit that would allow it to discharge up to a million gallons of treated effluent a day into Onion Creek. Onion Creek is in the Edwards Aquifer contributing zone, meaning its headwaters eventually recharge the aquifer. While state law makes it illegal to discharge sewage…

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Uvalde joins water lawsuit against San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Authority

Uvalde joins water lawsuit against San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Authority

The city of Uvalde has joined the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The lawsuit seeks to protect residents and businesses in the Uvalde County area from what plaintiffs contend is an unfair attempt by the authority to take their water. The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 16 in district court in Uvalde County. Officials with the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District said the legal action was taken partly…

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Vulcan encounters opposition to proposed quarry in Comal County

Vulcan encounters opposition to proposed quarry in Comal County

  • February 5, 2018
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Vulcan Materials Co. recently filed permit requests to put a limestone quarry on 1,500 acres of land along Highway 46 and FM 3009 in Comal County, Texas, but neighbors have organized some resistance, News 4 San Antonio reports. “The ideal would be that it would not be here, however, that is probably wishful thinking,” Sabrina Houser-Amaya, a member of “Friends of Dry Comal Creek,” the grass-roots group fighting against the quarry, told the news agency. “What we really want is that a quarry is done in…

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Study: Deadly Wimberley floods rooted in weather patterns, intensified by development

Study: Deadly Wimberley floods rooted in weather patterns, intensified by development

  • February 5, 2018
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The 40-foot wall of water that gushed down the Blanco River in May 2015, wiping out parts of Wimberley and killing more than a dozen people, was largely a natural phenomenon. But a new study shows that development along the waterway made its impact on the fast-growing Central Texas community that much worse. While the path, size and timing of a freak rainstorm were the primary drivers of the unprecedented swell that killed 13 people in the area on Memorial Day weekend,…

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Tax valuation for songbirds?

Tax valuation for songbirds?

Anyone interested learning more about requirements and best practices for Wildlife Tax Valuation can attend a two-part Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne. Click here for more information. Presenters include Rufus Stephens, author of Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country, and Dr. Elizabeth Bates, wildlife biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife. The comprehensive program guides landowners through the requirements and best practices for…

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Schools in Mason and Center Point Win Rainwater Revival Grants to Fund Water Conservation Projects

Schools in Mason and Center Point Win Rainwater Revival Grants to Fund Water Conservation Projects

  • January 31, 2018
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Managers of the Rainwater Revival School Grant Program were happily overwhelmed with 6 grant applications from Hill Country schools this year. Though all projects had merit, the three judges made difficult choices and picked two deserving high schools in Mason and Center Point to receive a combined $4,000 of grant funds. The school grant program is run in association with the Rainwater Revival + Hill Country Living Festival, a daylong educational event that takes place every fall at a Hill…

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Meadows Center Reports Groundwater Significant To Pedernales River Flow

Meadows Center Reports Groundwater Significant To Pedernales River Flow

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University has released a series of reports that indicate groundwater provides a significant contribution of flow to the Pedernales River and Lake Travis. The Pedernales River is an important source of water to Lake Travis, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the City of Austin and many other downstream municipalities along the Colorado River. As part of a larger study to answer “How Much Water is…

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Drippings Springs wastewater proposal may impact local wells

Drippings Springs wastewater proposal may impact local wells

The creek eventually flows into Barton Creek and into the Edwards Aquifer, where Austin sources its drinking water. The latest study by the Hays Trinity Ground Water Conservation District used pink dye to trace the water to nearby wells. At least three wells were impacted. “There are more than 200 water supply wells near or downstream from the proposed sewage effluent discharge within a mile of Onion Creek. Four of these are public supply wells. If treated sewage is discharged into…

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Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation

Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation

  • January 31, 2018
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The Texas Hill Country is roughly 11 million acres. Chile has recently announced 5 new national parks totaling 10 million acres.  Chile has created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug Tompkins and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the largest donation of private land to government in South America. The five parks, spanning 10.3m acres, were signed into law on Monday by Chile’s…

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