February 2013 News Archive

  • February 28, 2013
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February 26, 2013 Leurig: Conservation is conservative approach to solving Texas water problems Testimony to the drought of 2011 is still all around us — dried-up reservoirs in West Texas, purposeless docks on the parched Pedernales River. On the heels of the drought, the idea of seeding a fund to meet the next 50 years of Texas’ water supply needs is a hard idea to pass up. But before we pluck that money from the state’s rainy day fund, let’s…

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves EARIP Habitat Conservation Plan

“Approval of the EARIP’s HCP marks a significant conservation achievement for the Edwards Aquifer Region,” stated Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle. “The organizations and individuals involved in the development of the HCP clearly demonstrated that it is possible to come together and develop a consensus based solution to a very complex water issue in Texas.” Read More

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January 2013 News Archive

  • January 31, 2013
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January 28, 2013 Why is Texas out of water during severe droughts? Bringing science to policy is one of HCA’s core goals. As HCA Technical Advisor Raymond Slade explains, “Three major schemes are needed: (1) increased conservation of water to minimize waste, (2) funding for at least some of the most-promising Water Management Strategies, and (3) consistent water-use regulation for both groundwater and surface water.” Read the whole story here. Laura Bush moved to tears in S.A. speech Former first…

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Charting New Waters – Watershed payments make sense

Investing in land and rewarding landowners to take care of land is a smart investment for long-term water needs. Far less expensive than massive industrial infrastructure, taking care of water catchment areas (watersheds) will provide natural infrastructure for capturing, cleansing and storing the water we need for future generations. Learn more from the Ecosystem Market Place.

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December 2012 News Archive

  • December 31, 2012
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December 17, 2012 Meeting Texas’ water needs Local and regional water suppliers say that state financial assistance is needed to fund about half of the total $53 billion price tag for water infrastructure projects in the current State Water Plan. However, simply providing funding without improving the plan and carefully prioritizing projects to be funded would not be an efficient use of taxpayer funds. More from Caller.com. Behind the scary water headlines It’s hard to look at any media in…

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2012 County Authority News

June 19, 2012 Top leadership resigns from RMA board The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority’s long-standing board chairman, Bill Thornton, and the board member expected to succeed him resigned from their positions Monday, less than a week after the Bexar County Commissioners Court voted to take over the organization’s operations. Read more from SA Express-News. April 16, 2012 Expert: Clear strategy on growth management can help lure employers As Austin and Central Texas continue to grow, how do we manage that…

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2012 SLow Impact & Sustainable Development News

December 18, 2012 Is smaller mixed-use viable? Developers say size doesn’t matter when you take a local approach Steve Miller didn’t set out to build the first mixed-use development in York County. In 2009 Miller, a managing partner with York-based developer Pritchard & Miller Real Estate Development, was looking to build town homes in York County but was having a hard time finding parcels of land where a town home development was feasible. Read more from the Daily Press. December…

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2012 Public Lands News

November 21, 2012 Blue Hole Regional Park continues to win awards! The Texas Municipal League (“TML”) has presented the City of Wimberley with the 2012 Municipal Excellence Award for Public Works for cities of less than 25,000 population. The award recognizes the City for the unique design and development of the Blue Hole Regional Park. “The Park protects sacred Hill Country flora and fauna, water quality, and land forms through sustainable programming and design, native landscape restoration and habitat protection,”…

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2012 Native Landscape News

October 15, 2012 Chasing Monarchs on the Llano River with Dr. Chip Taylor, Champion of Monarch Butterflies Monarch Watch founder Dr. Chip Taylor visits ranch along the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country. His prescription: cultivate seeds, plugs and plants of more native milkweed species through a Texas version of Bring Back the Monarchs, an innovative prairie restoration program that NPSOT is importing from Kansas. Why the Texas focus? ”It’s the most important state. Spring conditions in Texas determine…

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