Hays County resolution requests hearing over permit to pump water from Middle Trinity Aquifer

Hays County resolution requests hearing over permit to pump water from Middle Trinity Aquifer

The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously signed a resolution Tuesday to ratify a letter requesting a contested case hearing from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District over a permit application by Electro Purification, LLC. According to Hays County, the water wholesaler applied to pump 912.5 million gallons of water from the Middle Trinity Aquifer each year…Read more at KVUE.

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July Director’s Notes from the Executive Director

July Director’s Notes from the Executive Director

  • July 11, 2018
  • News

In this month’s Director’s Notes, I’m excited to share our 2017 Annual Report with you, which highlights the Hill Country Alliance’s many achievements last year. One accomplishment we are very proud of is HCA’s commitment to our mission of bringing together an ever-expanding alliance of groups and individuals in the Texas Hill Country to protect our open spaces, water supply, water quality, and unique character. Since the beginning, HCA has been a place where neighbors work together collaboratively to protect all…

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Will Austin stores restock single-use plastic bags now that the city’s ban is lifted?

Will Austin stores restock single-use plastic bags now that the city’s ban is lifted?

Austin is ending its ban on free single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants after a state Supreme Court ruling against a similar ban in Laredo. But repealing the ordinance, commonly known as the “bag ban,” doesn’t mean every store will start handing them out again. “In Austin, where people shop their environmental values, I think large retailers are going to continue the policy of not giving away single-use plastic bags for free,” says Rick Cofer, one of the people who spearheaded the bag…

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Hill Country browse

Hill Country browse

The Texas Hill Country has the highest density of shrub-eating animals in the United States. Texas is home to about 4 million white-tailed deer, and about half of them live in the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau. In addition, Texas is home to more than 2 million goats, sheep and exotics, and the majority of these live in the Hill Country. These animals depend on browse, the leaves and tender twigs of woody plants, as an important part of their…

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Are deer evolving resistance to CWD?

Are deer evolving resistance to CWD?

If you hunt whitetails, you’ve probably already heard of chronic wasting disease (CWD). This neurodegenerative disease is caused by an odd sort of protein called a prion that develops in the brains of infected animals and causes abnormal behavior, loss of body condition and eventual death. Animals usually die from a variety of indirect causes resulting from their CWD infection, which is why most hunters will never see a deer showing classic CWD symptoms. These CWD prions can be passed from…

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Opposition to sand crusher grows

Opposition to sand crusher grows

As the news of a planned sand dredging and crushing operation along Sandy Creek has spread, controversy about this commercial project has grown. Property owners upstream and downstream from the proposed site on the Nash Ranch are voicing environmental, lifestyle and safety concerns about allowing Collier Materials, Inc. to refine tons of sand and gravel from Sandy Creek with massive amounts of water drawn from the already sensitive underground watershed… Read more from the Llano News.

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River Revival: Restoring a once-vital waterway with recycled wastewater

River Revival: Restoring a once-vital waterway with recycled wastewater

The Santa Cruz River once flowed year-round in Tucson, AZ, supporting one of the largest mesquite forests in the world.  But urban development and extensive groundwater withdrawals in recent years caused the river’s volume to dwindle. Today, city administrators hope to use recycled effluent to restore the river’s flow to historic levels and revive riparian habitats… Read more from the Forester Daily News.

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Adding partner on Hays County area pipeline will cut costs by $60M

Adding partner on Hays County area pipeline will cut costs by $60M

A Seguin-based water authority will be joining a $325 million pipeline project for the rapidly growing South Central Texas area, cutting costs by more than $60 million. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Alliance Regional Water Authorityhave partnered to build an 85-mile pipeline that will pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart in Caldwell County. It will deliver water to customers in Caldwell, Hays, Guadalupe and Comal counties. The project’s cost has risen from the original $213 million, but Alliance’s…

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Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

The invisible line that divides the arid western part of the country from the wetter eastern half is on the move, and that has important implications for the Texas capital. Meet Robert Lee. Not the Confederate general, the town. Robert Lee, Texas is a ranching community of 1,025 that lost its only source of water to the second-worst drought in recorded state history. By August 2011, Lake E.V. Spence, a praying-mantis-shaped, man-made reservoir once revered for its striped bass fishing,…

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One Water: The future of land and water in Central Texas

One Water: The future of land and water in Central Texas

For centuries, the Texas Hill Country has been a region defined by its water resources. Early European settlers traced the paths of the San Antonio, Nueces, Guadalupe, and Colorado Rivers, following their rocky beds, spring-fed tributaries, and shallow draws, no doubt noting every seep and spring along the way. Before the Europeans, numerous tribes of indigenous peoples hunted, gathered, and fished along these same creeks and rivers. Evidence of their preference for the rivers and the spring sites of the Hill…

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