2013 Water Conservation News

October 20, 2013 Which activities use the most water? In April, 2013, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU), utility provider for the New Braunfels area, created a water usage exhibit to educate the community on which activities use the most water. Learn More August 15, 2013 Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn In hopes of enticing, or forcing, residents to abandon the scent of freshly cut grass, cities in this parched region have offered homeowners ever-increasing amounts to replace their lawns…

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2013 Rainwater Harvesting News

November 12, 2013 Sustainability focus of Rainwater Revival “We’re dealing with so many water challenges in the state, particularly here in the Hill Country. There are a lot of unknowns like how to solve the complex water problems and rainwater harvesting is just a simple thing people can be doing to take the stress off of our aquifers.” Read the full Boerne Star article. November 5, 2013 Rain Barrels: Living with Drought, Rain or Shine It might have been a…

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2013 Groundwater News

December 13, 2013 2014 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is now soliciting applications and essays for the 2014 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest through Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The essay contest is open to high school juniors, seniors, and immediate graduates who reside in the Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, and Lockhart school districts. Learn More December 4, 2013 For Groundwater, Political…

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2013 Drought News

December 4, 2013 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. September 29, 2013 Running Dry Express-News staff photographer Bob…

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2013 Children in Nature News

September 26, 2013 Connecting Kids with Nature – Mike Mecke What’s Best for Texas? Electronics Whiz Kids Who Are Houseplants, or Computer-Savvy Kids Who Know and Love Nature? Don’t miss Mikes recent columnin Ranch and Rural living Magazine. August 16, 2013 Tools for school teachers about natural resource protection The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) offers free resources, teaching materials and education programs for Texas teachers to help advance natural resource education. Learn more and pass along to your neighborhood schools.…

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2013 Transportation Planning News

December 29, 2013 Saving Rural Roads: One-Man Mission Turns to Island-wide Effort Think of our scenic Hill Country roads as you read this story of rural character preservation from Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Gazette. November 5, 2013 CAMPO encourages more community involvement The new CAMPO website features a pretty bluebonnet-lined Hill Country road on the cover, what are we doing to protect this vision? A new video featuring CAMPO leaders kicks off a new public input vehicle – Mind Mixer. What’s…

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2013 Night Sky News

December 12, 2013 Sports field lighting doesn’t have to light the night sky “The lighting systems are visible for miles around and produce a substantial amount of sky glow and light pollution… It is essentially impossible to mitigate the impact these types of facilities have on the surrounding areas.” This is a significant issue in the Hill Country but it is one that is fairly easy to correct with some cooperation and good neighbor lighting. Learn about Recommended Practice (RP)…

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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
  • News

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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