Award for Llano River Field Station

Award for Llano River Field Station

James Murr, The Junction Eagle: Texas Tech University’s Llano River Field Station in Junction has been selected for the “Education and Public Service Award” given by the Universities Council on Water Resources.  The award recognizes “contributions to increased public awareness of water resources development, use, or management covering one or a combination of the natural, biological, and social sciences.”  The Council is an association of universities and other organizations with executive offices located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Tom Arsuffi is…

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Tomorrow: Public Forum – San Antonio’s Water Future: Better Alternatives (to the Vista Ridge deal)

Tomorrow: Public Forum – San Antonio’s Water Future: Better Alternatives (to the Vista Ridge deal)

Public Forum: San Antonio’s Water Future: Better Alternatives (to the Vista Ridge deal) and better ways of engaging the whole community in deciding and realizing that Water Future Tuesday, May 19 — 6:30-8:30 pm. Location: at Trinity University, in Northrup Hall 040 (bottom floor of administration building) Parking lots: Alamo Stadium and Trinity Lot E (beside Parker Chapel, off Oakmont). Sponsored by: Trinity University Environmental Studies Program and Biology Department, as well as the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club,…

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EAA recognizes TerraScena as “Aquifer Smart” community

EAA recognizes TerraScena as “Aquifer Smart” community

TerraScena is a new 100% rainwater harvesting community in Dripping Springs. In addition to rainwater harvesting, the community focuses on green building materials and preserved natural green spaces. The Edwards Aquifer Authority has recently recognized TerraScena as an “aquifer smart community.” TerraScena is open on weekends from Noon to 4 PM or by appointment to tour the first of 15 homes.  Sustainable homebuilders, architects, realtors, their clients and the public are invited to explore the development in a Hill Country…

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How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

Andy Sansom: Having served as the executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the 1990s, I’m acutely aware of the chronic funding shortfall for Texas’ magnificent state and local park system. One of the most important things I learned during those years was that our parks, while preserving the best of our natural and cultural heritage, are also a critical part of our state’s infrastructure — just like highways, state buildings and other facilities essential to our…

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San Antonio Voters Approve Conservation Funding

San Antonio Voters Approve Conservation Funding

San Antonio voters overwhelmingly approved two conservation propositions today. The Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, which uses a one-eighth cent sales tax to purchase conservation easements over the aquifer’s recharge zone, was approved by 78 percent of voters. And the Parks Development and Expansion plan, also funded through an eighth-cent sales tax, was approved by nearly 75 percent of voters. San Antonio’s City Charter will also see some changes post-election day. There were four proposed changes to it. The first would…

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‘Tiny House Compound’ in Texas Goes Viral as ‘Bestie Row’

‘Tiny House Compound’ in Texas Goes Viral as ‘Bestie Row’

Fred Zipp was an editor of the Austin-American Statesman for 32 years. So when it came time for him and some friends to build a series of vacation homes outside Austin, alongside the Llano River, he was well aware of the conservation and environmental issues facing the region. Zipp, his wife Jodi, and three other couples turned to the “little house movement” that champions smaller living spaces for inspiration. They partnered with Austin-based architect Matt Garcia for a “compound” of…

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Texas Senate Passes Legislation to Protect the San Marcos River

Texas Senate Passes Legislation to Protect the San Marcos River

The Texas Senate yesterday (Monday) overwhelmingly approved legislation by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, that would promote safety and enjoyment on the San Marcos River and protect landowners’ private property rights. Senate Bill (SB) 234 would authorize a local election to create a special recreation district along the portion of the San Marcos River that forms the boundary between Guadalupe and Caldwell counties, which is visited by more than 80,000 tubers and recreational users each year. The number of visitors to…

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EVENT – July 8 in Austin:

Region K RWPG meeting and public hearing on the Initially Prepared Plan (IPP) – 7/8/2015 at 10:00AM:  Regular meeting of the Lower Colorado regional water planning group and public hearing on the Initially Prepared Plan (IPP). Web Site:Region K RWPG meeting and public hearing on the Initially Prepared Plan (IPP). (http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/rwp/regions/k/)Place:LCRA Dalchau Service Center, 3505 Montopolis Dr. Austin, TXSponsor:LCRA/Region KContact Person:David Meesey (TWDB).Audience:Public  http://www.twdb.texas.gov/apps/calendar/display.asp?date=7/8/2015&ID=5409#id-5409

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Healthy rivers a priority for Texas

Healthy rivers a priority for Texas

Texas Water Development Board: The health of our state’s rivers affects the simple pleasures of many Texans. Fishing, tubing, and enjoying nature’s beauty all rely on maintaining the complex ecosystems of our rivers. Not only do they harbor a variety of species and volumes of nutrients, but they support our economy through tourism, outdoor recreation, water supply, and many other industries. To ensure our rivers remain healthy, Texas has made studying and understanding their intricate ecosystems a priority. In 2001,…

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