2010 Habitat Conservation News

November 22, 2010 Critics of Habitat Plan are Spouting Nonsense The most important thing the public needs to know about the proposed plan is that it is completely voluntary. No one who doesn’t want to participate would have to do so at any price.” Read SA Express-News opinion piece here. Learn more about Habitat Plans here. View fact sheet. July 13, 2010 Comal County plans for Habitat Conservation Plan A public meeting will be held July 27th in Comal County…

Read More

2010 Conservation Easement News

December 28, 2010 Texas Land Conservancy announces Llano County easement Joyce Lucas, owner of the Birk-Sommerfeld Heritage Ranch (Llano County), donated a conservation easement on the 444-acre working ranch in December, 2010 in order to protect it forever from the damages of land fragmentation and development. Learn more September 14, 2010 $100,000 grant awarded for public trails on Dahlstrom Ranch! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently awarded Hays County a $100,000 Texas Recreational Trails Fund grant for public…

Read More

2010 Water Quality News

August 9, 2010 TCEQ Draws Flak for Studies That Might Result in Weaker Water Quality Standards The efforts of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to weaken water quality standards for numerous Texas streams through so-called “recreational use” studies were dealt a serious setback Thursday night in the small community of Kosciusko southeast of San Antonio when over 300 residents of Wilson, Karnes, and neighboring counties turned out to demand better water quality for their local stream, Lower Cibolo…

Read More

2010 Water Planning News

January 25, 2010 Gov. Perry Names Timmerman Chair of Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors Read more here. November 17, 2010 Will Water Rights Be on the Legislature’s Agenda? Next legislative session, during the few minutes not taken up with the budget, redistricting and immigration, an old stand-by of an issue could creep onto the agenda: water. Observers say legislative proposals on groundwater rights are probable, given that Texas is just wrapping up a controversial process for planning the…

Read More

2010 Water Conservation News

December 16, 2010 Water Conservation Council to continue and loan offered for Bastrop area water Sunset Advisory Commission chair Glenn Hegar opted on Thursday to withdraw a suggestion that the state Water Conservation Advisory Council be abolished. Read full Statesman.com article here. December 15, 2010 Will state abolish water conservation council? The Sunset Advisory Commission could decide on Thursday that the Legislature ought to abolish the Water Conservation Advisory Council to save some money. Read full Statesman.com article here. April…

Read More

2010 Rainwater Harvesting News

October 26, 2010 Commissioners agree to keep rainwater rules for subdivisions flexible – for now A public hearing on new development rules drew only two speakers, both supportive of a proposal in the new rules that would allow subdivisions that rely on rainwater collection to provide potable water. Read full Boerne Star article here. August 20, 2010 Rainwater Revival announces speaker and live music line-up The Rainwater Revival today announced the speaker and live music line-up for this outdoor festival…

Read More

2010 Groundwater News

November 17, 2010 Will Water Rights Be on the Legislature’s Agenda? Next legislative session, during the few minutes not taken up with the budget, redistricting and immigration, an old stand-by of an issue could creep onto the agenda: water. Observers say legislative proposals on groundwater rights are probable, given that Texas is just wrapping up a controversial process for planning the allocation of water from aquifers, while environmentalists will be pushing more measures for water conservation. Read more from the…

Read More

2010 Drought News

December 17, 2010 Central Texas in drought again Scarcely a year after one drought ended, another has gripped Central Texas. Parts or all of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties are in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federally funded service that tracks conditions across the country. Read full Statesman.com article here. December 9, 2010 Experts fear Texas heading into another drought State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told the Houston Chronicle that continuing dry weather is…

Read More

2010 Transportation Planning News

December 7, 2010 San Antonio West/Southwest Sector Plan 12/14 The City of San Antonio invites you to participate in the first West/Southwest sector planning meeting. December 14th from 6 – 8 pm at the Northside ISD Activity Center. Click here for details. October 19, 2010 Driven Apart – Land Use and Transportation This analysis, once again, shows that many of the assumptions driving big investments of taxpayer dollars that shape our communities are outdated, said CEOs for Cities President and…

Read More

2010 Transmission Line News

December 9, 2010 The Clear View Alliance Perspective CVA was recognized as a meaningful and significant party in the recently completed PUC hearings in Austin. “Speaking about long-term social and ecological costs must have sounded like Greek” reflects Bill Neiman. Read more here. December 8, 2010 Save Our Scenic Hill Country CREZ updates The PUC has ordered cost effective alternatives for two CREZ lines, while progress continues on the big one, McCamey D to Kendall. Routing decision should be made…

Read More