TPWD Proposes New CWD Zones; Public Is Invited To Comment

TPWD Proposes New CWD Zones; Public Is Invited To Comment

  • August 19, 2016
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public comment on proposed rules establishing chronic wasting disease (CWD) zones and restricting movement of live deer authorized under TPWD permits to or from properties within those zones. The proposed rules would also restrict movement of specific deer carcass parts from some CWD zones as well as importation of carcass parts into Texas from states where the disease has been detected. The proposed rules are designed and intended to provide reasonable…

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Council Reviews ‘Rough Draft’ Priorities for $850 Million Bond

Council Reviews ‘Rough Draft’ Priorities for $850 Million Bond

  • August 10, 2016
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Wednesday marked one of many more steps in a lengthy and at times complicated process that reignites a deceptively simple, yet age-old question: How should we divvy up our money? City of San Antonio staff revealed preliminary 2017 Municipal Bond project estimates and spending priorities to City Council that would direct more than half (54%) of the historic $850 million bond to street, bridge, and sidewalk projects throughout San Antonio while dividing up the rest between investments in drainage and flood control (17%),…

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Lone Star rail on life support after CAMPO vote

Lone Star rail on life support after CAMPO vote

  • August 9, 2016
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The Lone Star rail project, after one last Hail Mary with Union Pacific, is approaching the end of the line. And after state and federal regulators cross and dot a few t’s and i’s, it is likely that the Lone Star Rail District, which has been attempting for 13 years to build such a line, will shortly cease to exist. The idea of building a passenger line in the Austin-San Antonio corridor, however, could resurface in a form to be…

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San Antonio City Council urged to restore natural resource provisions into SA Tomorrow Plan

San Antonio City Council urged to restore natural resource provisions into SA Tomorrow Plan

  • August 3, 2016
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Last week, the San Antonio Planning Commission removed two important provisions from the SA Tomorrow Plan, one for impervious cover and one for night sky protection.  The SA Tomorrow Plan, more than a year in the making, will be the city’s prevailing document setting a tone for development and natural resource protection in San Antonio for years to come. August 3, 2016 Hill Country Alliance Hill Country Alliance Community, Last week, the San Antonio Planning Commission removed two important provisions…

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What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water’s Gone?

What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water’s Gone?

  • August 1, 2016
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“For the past 60 years, the Ogallala has been pumped out faster than raindrops and snowmelt can seep back into the ground to replenish it, thanks largely to irrigation machinery like the one sleeping nearby. As a result, in parts of western Kansas, the aquifer has declined by more than 60 percent during that period. In some parts, it is already exhausted. The decline is steady now, dry years or wet. In 2015 rain was exceptionally heavy—50 to 100 percent…

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Commentary: Texas Hill Country is on the Edge of Night

Commentary: Texas Hill Country is on the Edge of Night

  • July 31, 2016
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“Without leadership from our rapidly urbanizing cities, we stand to lose all of the groundwork we’ve laid to protect night skies in the Hill Country,” said Katherine Romans, Hill Country Alliance executive director. “San Antonio was on the right track in including the consideration of night skies in their plan. It is a shame to see those portions gutted for the sake of unfettered development.” Commentary: Texas Hill Country is on the Edge of Night Rivard Report Vicki Wolf and…

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Water Forward: Planning for the Next 100 Years, August 3 in Austin

Water Forward: Planning for the Next 100 Years, August 3 in Austin

  • July 27, 2016
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The next installment of the Imagine Austin Speaker Series will focus on developing a water plan to take us through the next century. Austin Water Director, Greg Meszaros and Integrated Water Resource Plan Community Task Force Chair and HCA board member, Sharlene Leurig will share insights on the process and the importance of creating an austintexas.gov/speakerseries long-term plan that will help secure Austin’s water supply for future generations. Learn more

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Commentary: Let’s base Hays County water policy on science, not guesswork

Commentary: Let’s base Hays County water policy on science, not guesswork

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley writes that he will ask the county judge and fellow commissioners to help fund an initiative to “develop the science and monitoring that we need to make informed decisions” about groundwater pumping from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers in Hays County.  “We are blessed in our community to have several different aquifers through Hays County. Every square foot of our county has some relation with these aquifers. These aquifers provide so much to…

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Efforts to reduce feral hog numbers show promise

Efforts to reduce feral hog numbers show promise

  • July 25, 2016
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While using a toxin that could help put a dent in the worldwide feral hog plague still has hurdles to clear, preliminary studies are showing promise, according to wildlife biologist John Kinsey. “This is not the end-all, be-all control measure, but it can become another tool for our (hog-control) tool box,” Kinsey told landowners last weekend at the 31st annual Texas Wildlife Association Convention. The success rate of using sodium nitrite as a feral hog toxin in pens during studies…

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Drought conditions slowly returning to South Texas

Drought conditions slowly returning to South Texas

Aside from yesterday’s one-one-hundredth of an inch of rain, San Antonio hasn’t seen a significant amount of measurable rainfall since early June. That lack of rain is starting to take its toll on the area water supply, possibly bringing back drought conditions. It took about five months for the Edwards Aquifer to rise about 30 feet from just over 660 feet to its peak in early June, but only five weeks to lose all of that gain. But the Edwards…

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