2013 Billboard News

November 8, 2013 Scenic Texas Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors Scenic Texas announces the appointment of three new Hill Country board members. The new appointments are Kathleen Krueger, Former Mayor Pro-Tem, New Braunfels; Paul Robert Goebel, Associate Dean at Texas Tech University, Lubbock; and Chris Cornwell, former PepsiCo Food Scientist, Canyon Lake.Learn More June 19, 2013 Anti-Scenic Bills Die Texas cities will continue to determine how their cities look because your voices were heard! Three proposed bills that…

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Is the Drought Over Yet?

Across the Hill Country, other aquifers, which provide vital spring water for many rivers, are very low and many of their springs and seeps have dried up. These aquifer-fed springs are not only key to local ranchers, but to maintaining river flows in the upper Nueces, Guadalupe and Colorado river basins. Read full article by Mike Mecke in Ranch and Rural Living Magazine.

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November 2013 News Archive

  • November 30, 2013
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November 27, 2013 Financing A Sustainable Water Plan for Texas: Part 3 In a series of three guest blogs, Sharlene Leurig, Water Program Director for Ceres, examines the details of Proposition 6, the water project financing measure approved by Texas voters on November 5th. Proposition 6 amends the Texas constitution to appropriate $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to seed a new water infrastructure loan fund directed to water supply projects included in the State Water Plan. Click…

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October 2013 News Archive

  • October 31, 2013
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October 30, 2013 Feds Establish National Center to Pick Up the Slack on Sustainable Transportation Despite transportation becoming cleaner, quieter and safer over the past few decades, little has been done to limit how passenger and freight travel contribute to climate change. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced a $5.6 million grant to help six universities establish the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. Read the full article from Nextcity.org. October 29, 2013 Water is life For…

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September 2013 News Archive

  • September 30, 2013
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September 30, 2013 Looking for a speaker to address conservation issues at your next meeting? Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist, Judit Green offers a variety of lectures on topics ranging from Wildlife Conservation, Wildscapes, Native Landscaping, Butterflies and more. Find a complete list of program highlights here. Remember HCA has many resources for speakers too! September 29, 2013 Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment latest updates If you share concerns about costs, long-term planning, scenic blight and loss of property…

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2013 Water Catchment News

  • September 26, 2013
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September 23, 2013 Llano River Watershed Protection progress and water news from Junction Workgroups will tackle: Invasive Species, Riparian Protection, Water Quality, Upland Management and Water Supply issues. Learn more in the September Newsletter for the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Planning process. Learn More April 4, 2013 Collaboration News on the Upper Llano River Watershed The second newsletter of the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan is a great summary of events and progress. The Llano is so important to…

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2013 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2013
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December 18, 2013 The Examiner speaks of direct discharge as a Hill Country “Land Heist.” “Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.” Link to this alarming article by Terry Hall here. Direct discharge permits are…

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2013 Water Planning News

  • September 26, 2013
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December 5, 2013 A new path forward for TWDB On Sept. 1, 2013, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) began serving the citizens of Texas under a new management structure with three full-time Board members. Between that time and the successful passage of Proposition 6 on Nov. 5, both the new Board members and agency staff have been hard at work preparing to implement the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and to respond to other new legislation. Read More November…

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