March 2012 News Archive

  • March 31, 2012
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March 30, 2012 International Water Expert to Highlight Sierra Club Water Conference, April 27 Brian Richter, an international authority on river conservation and the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program, will be the keynote speaker for a statewide water conference being held by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club in Austin on Friday, April 27. Read More March 23, 2012 Despite recent rains, drought far from over, experts warn Most of Central and East Texas beat…

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Golden-cheeked Warbler comes home

Early March marks the return of the golden-cheeked warbler to the Texas Hill Country. Of the nearly 360 bird species that breed in Texas, the golden-cheeked warbler is the only one that nests exclusively in Texas. The major environmental threat to the warbler is native habitat destruction and fragmentation, with the most significant factor being the widespread removal of ashe junipers in the south central region of Texas. Read more from Austin 360.

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February 2012 News Archive

  • February 28, 2012
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February 28 2012 Groundwater ruling potentially unleashes geyser of future cases Prompted by the severity of the current drought, Texans have been earnestly discussing how to manage the state’s water resources for the next several decades to meet the needs of a growing population and dynamic economy. This necessary discussion must now consider last week’s ruling on property rights and groundwater by the Texas Supreme Court and how it potentially threatens efforts to regulate and conserve aquifers. The court unanimously…

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January 2012 News Archive

  • January 31, 2012
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January 31, 2012 Spicewood Beach and neighbors getting water trucked in A Central Texas community has run out of water amid a statewide drought, prompting the Lower Colorado River Authority to start trucking in water. Read more from Statesman.com. January 24, 2012 LCRA: Spicewood Beach wells have two to three weeks of water remaining The well supplying water for about 1,100 residents near Spicewood Beach in Burnet County is at risk of running dry in two to three weeks because…

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December 2011 News Archive

  • December 31, 2011
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December 29, 2011 The Texas Water Crisis Texas water authorities at every level are on alert. Last summer’s extremely hot, dry weather was a wake-up call. Now more than a dozen Texas towns are in danger of running out of water. Texas is in a water crisis. To make it official, the Texas Water Development Board December report says the state reservoirs are extremely low even after some autumn rain. Read more from CleanHouston.org. December 28, 2011 Dangers of fracking…

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2011 County Authority News

February 21, 2011 Growing pains come with rise in population As civic leaders in San Antonio and surrounding communities began digesting new census figures released Thursday, the implications of the region’s 25 percent population increase were both gratifying and sobering. Read full article from SA Express-News here. February 7, 2011 Counties continue to wish for more land-use authority Residents of unincorporated areas outside Austin’s city limits often call Travis County officials to complain about bars, dance halls, industrial operations and…

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2011 Public Lands News

December 28, 2011 Travis County park purchase to add access to Pedernales River Earlier this month, Travis County commissioners closed on a 770-acre ranch owned by Eugene and Jean Reimers in southwestern Travis County near the Hays County line that will connect Milton Reimers Ranch Park and Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve. More from Statesman.com June 6, 2011 Texas Conservation Action Plan comment period June 10-July 8 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking online public input as the department…

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2011 Native Landscape News

October 24, 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference Seeks to Combat Growing Threat The 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference, hosted by Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (TIPPC), will be held November 8-10 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. A broad range of speakers will present information on non-native invasive plants and pests and strategies for combating them.Read More September 22, 2011 Texas city rips up grass in effort to save water A study released in…

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2011 Local/Sustainable Agriculture News

January 2, 2011 Keeping rural roots alive without leaving the city A great story featuring thoughts of Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson, two sustainable agriculture pioneers… “We came here as poor people on rich land, but now we are rich people on poor land,” Jackson said. As we made ‘progress,’ we didn’t realize what we were undoing in the process. Our society is built upon the withdrawal on the “capital stock of the earth.” Read story from Statesman.com. December 5,…

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2011 Land Stewardship News

November 17, 2011 Texas Land Conservation on the rise! A new report by the Land Trust Alliance shows that land conservation by nonprofit land trusts across the United States is thriving, with more than 10 million acres conserved from 2005-2010. According to TLTC Land Trusts in Texas contributed to that success, reporting and increase in 55% in acres conserved over this period. Read more from USA Today. September 27, 2011 Is Our Rural Heritage at Risk? How we conserve our…

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