2011 Water Conservation News

  • September 26, 2011
  • News

September 25, 2011 Water conservation a habit we must keep The current drought eventually will end — we think. But even if rain starts to fall in the next few weeks, the record-setting droughts of 2009 and this year should be reminders that if we’re not currently in a drought, we’re always on the brink of one. Read full Statesman.com article. July 19, 2011 Conservation in San Antonio is Saving More than Water Who would believe that a translucent sightless amphibian…

Read More

2011 Rainwater News

  • September 26, 2011
  • News

December 20, 2011 Water a hot topic in Hill Country despite recent rains “Statistics provided by the Texas Water Development Board show that groundwater withdrawal from the Hill Country’s Edwards and Trinity aquifers increased dramatically between 1975 and 2010. In 1975, less than 10,000 acre-feet were withdrawn annually; that shot up to 41,000 acre-feet in 2010. Mix in recent drought years, and a picture of a thirsty Hill Country natural world comes into sharper focus.” Read more from SA Express-News. December…

Read More

2011 Groundwater News

November 16, 2011 Our treasured springs need protection The canary is in the coal mine and he’s thirsty. Without thoughtful stewardship, public treasures such as Jacob’s Well, Hays County’s historic perennial spring, as well as the private legacies of the many unnamed springs feeding Block Creek on Kendall County’s historic Hillingdon Ranch could stop flowing forever. Read full Statesman.com commentary by David K. Langford and David Baker. September 28, 2011 Draft Water Plan Says Texas “Will Not Have Enough” Draft Water Plan…

Read More

August 2011 News Archive

  • August 31, 2011
  • News

August 30, 2011 Senator Wentworth: Planning for the Rains to Come (eventually) Senator Wentworth promotes HCA’s Rainwater Revival as he informs constituents about Kendall County’s action to strengthening watering restrictions and water conservation measures. Read the full story here. August 24, 2011 S.A. teeters on brink of Stage 3 water rules The water level of the Edwards Aquifer J-17 monitoring well has dropped more than two feet since Monday, putting San Antonio on the edge of triggering Stage 3 watering…

Read More

July 2011 News Archive

  • July 31, 2011
  • News

July 27, 2011 Understanding Your Remarkable Riparian Areas Why would you want to know about this? Creeks, Rivers and Riparian areas are special and they are often misunderstood. Much damage is done by well meaning uninformed people acting on wholehearted belief in a few myths. A recording of Sky Lewey’s presentation on TWA’s popular webinar feature is available now to view online. Check it out and pass it on July 22, 2011 Drought intensifies across lower Colorado River basin A…

Read More

June 2010 News Archive

  • June 30, 2011
  • News

June 30, 2011 Environmental Stewardship appeals GMA 12 DFC The Bastrop County-based nonprofit organization Environmental Stewardship submitted a petition to Groundwater Management Area 12 (GMA-­12) appealing the desired future conditions for the aquifers within all areas of groundwater management in Area 12. Read more Hill Country Alliance announces photo contest winners The fifth annual photography contest held by the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) received hundreds of beautiful entries that capture the unique places, lasting treasures and special qualities the Texas…

Read More

As Drought Intensifies, Wildscaping Can Help Texans Save Water

Texas residents are asked to monitor and reduce their water usage, yet home and land owners may feel they have little control over resource conservation when it comes to manicured lawns and upkeep of green spaces. They may have heard of alternative gardening as a way to cut costs and save water, but may not know where to turn for advice or information. Read more from Texas Parks and Wildlife here.

Read More

May 2011 News Archive

May 31, 2011 Watershed news from Wimberley Valley Challenges Water Plan to Allow for More Groundwater Pumping Than is Available in the Hill Country, Profile of Jacob’s Well, David Baker receives the Texas Environmental Excellence Award, a Hays County Water Issues Alert: Download the newsletter here. What on Earth will we do with the Texas Hill Country? The Native Plant Society of Texas hosts, What on Earth Will we do with the Texas Hill Country? Presented by Bill Neiman, HCA…

Read More

April 2011 News Archive

  • April 30, 2011
  • News

April 30, 2011 Hays County planning survey online until May 11th Residents are invited to take the Hays County Parks, Open Space & Natural Areas Master Plan Survey, which will help the County determine interests and priorities of its residents. More information about the planning process and a link to the online survey here. April 28, 2011 CREZ, ERCOT and Wind development updates from SOSHE The Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment latest news includes information about the CREZ in…

Read More

2011 Drought News

December 21, 2011 Texas Tree Ring Study Warns of Long Droughts A new study of tree rings adds to evidence that Texas has experienced at least one 10-year drought every 100 years, as well as several “mega-droughts” lasting 15 to 30 years over the centuries. Read full Texas Tribune article. November 30, 2011 It could take years for state’s aquifers to fill A historic drought has depleted Texas aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948, and it could take months —…

Read More