Proposed wastewater expansion raises concerns in Dripping Springs

Proposed wastewater expansion raises concerns in Dripping Springs

The City of Dripping Springs has requested a permit to discharge treated sewage into Onion Creek. Residents, downstream municipalities, and the local aquifer protection districts are concerned by the potential contamination of this pristine creek, local drinking water, downstream aquifers, and drinking water wells. The City of Dripping Springs has requested a new permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to discharge treated sewage into a tributary of Onion Creek. Currently, the city disposes of its waste water…

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How Fair Oaks Ranch residents and CCGCD put a stop to a high-density development

How Fair Oaks Ranch residents and CCGCD put a stop to a high-density development

  • July 20, 2016
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Boerne based Hill Country Weekly gives us a great human interest story that includes the details what can happen when water and politics mix. Kendall County’s Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District is featured as it applies its rules to help residents of Fair Oaks Ranch stop a high-density development. Sandra Senecal, Staff Writer Hill Country Weekly The mayor  and his wife: Winning at life When Garry Manitzas met Dedie (pronounced Dee Dee) 45 years ago, she was a young woman…

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Five Factors Driving Economic Growth in Small Cities

Five Factors Driving Economic Growth in Small Cities

  • July 20, 2016
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One of the challenges of urban economic development is that most conferences and case studies profile efforts in large, internationally-known cities. While large cities tend to captivate America’s attention, there are small cities lurking in their shadows – and these places are proving to be some of America’s most beloved communities. At last month’s National Main Streets Conference, researcher David Ivan of Michigan State University shared his research on over 300 small communities in 22 states in order to ascertain…

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Proposed groundwater transfer riles Kendall County residents

Proposed groundwater transfer riles Kendall County residents

A miniature version of the Vista Ridge pipeline dispute is unfolding here over a local utility’s bid to convey groundwater to its customers from a new well proposed miles outside its service area. As with the San Antonio Water System’s plan to pipe in water 140 miles from Burleson County, some here are upset by Kendall West Utility’s plans to mine the aquifer in their area for the benefit of people several miles away on the other side of town.…

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Eyes on the stars

Eyes on the stars

  • July 14, 2016
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With eyes on the stars – and on the city’s future prosperity – the Wimberley Dark Sky Committee has been launched to attain official International Dark Sky Community status for Wimberley. “This is an initiative to protect our night skies,” Cathy Moreman, Executive Director of the Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the committee, said. “Being able to see a clear night sky, without a haze of lights, is important to Wimberley residents, and astrotourism is a…

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More officials stand against discharge permit

More officials stand against discharge permit

  • July 14, 2016
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Roughly a week after the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) formally opposed Dripping Springs’ proposed discharge permit, the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) Thursday followed suit. By a 4-1 vote, the HTGCD made a resolution opposing issuance by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) of Dripping Springs’ proposed permit to discharge treated effluent into Walnut Springs until more science is conducted. Board member Jimmy Skipton cast the lone dissenting vote. District 4 board member Linda Kaye…

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The Hill Country Land Trust releases first video in Land Steward Video Series: Prickly Pear Management

The Hill Country Land Trust releases first video in Land Steward Video Series: Prickly Pear Management

Hill Country Land Trust is proud to share the first of a series of videos on land stewardship.  Each video will focus on one stewardship practice. The first video features Steve Nelle discussing Prickly Pear management techniques. Take a look, then download the companion guide “Managing Prickly Pear Cactus” with more information.  Please join the conversation by filling out the comment forms on the same page.

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Goforth water, EP deal moves forward

Goforth water, EP deal moves forward

  • July 13, 2016
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A move by Goforth Special Utility District (SUD) approving a second amendment to its water supply agreement with Electro Purification, LLC (EP) means the water supply company has a year to prove the quantity and quality of its water to Goforth. EP has to deliver a feasibility notice to the the SUD.   Goforth has leased water from EP, which is in the process of drilling test wells on an 18-acre tract of land in order to determine the quality…

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Big Bend rancher sues pipeline company

Big Bend rancher sues pipeline company

The owner of an 11,000-acre ranch south of Marfa has filed suit in federal court, claiming the use of eminent domain by a private pipeline company to take part of his land is unconstitutional. Filed in Pecos, the lawsuit by lawyer John Boerschig of Katy against Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC comes as construction of the 148-mile natural gas line through the unspoiled Big Bend is already underway. In his lawsuit, Boerschig claims that “Texas law deprives private property owners … of…

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Additional CWD Cases Discovered at a Quarantined Captive White-tailed Deer Breeding Facility

Additional CWD Cases Discovered at a Quarantined Captive White-tailed Deer Breeding Facility

Thirteen new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) were confirmed at a Medina County captive white-tailed deer breeding facility on June 29. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) discovered these cases while conducting an epidemiological investigation on the quarantined facility after a 3 ½-year-old captive white-tailed doe tested positive for CWD in April 2016. This initial positive doe was tested for CWD due to increased surveillance testing required by the facility’s TAHC herd plan. …

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