2009 Native Landscape News

April 20, 2009 Hill Country Cruising Spring in the Texas Hill Country is the perfect time for motorcycle enthusiasts to take to the open road and enjoy the wilflowers and bluebonnets in full bloom. “Hill Country Cruising”, a website dedicated to motorcycle riding in the Texas Hill Country is a terrific resource for information and links about wildflowers and scenic drives. View website April 15, 2009 Green building and landscaping a growing local trend About a dozen designers, architects and…

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2009 Local/Sustainable Agriculture News

July 24, 2009 Market to menu State agriculture program links farms, farmers markets and restaurants. Read full Austin Business Journal article here. July 11, 2009 Well of Controversy: Water Hogs Threaten Farm Local organic grower Tecolote Farm may be forced out of business if the current climate – political and meteorological – doesn’t change soon. The farm needs water, and when it doesn’t come from the hot skies, it must be pumped from the ground. Unfortunately, the state’s lack of…

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2009 Land Stewardship News

September 17, 2009 Army, warbler making peace The Nature Conservancy and Fort Sam Houston were poised to announce today a five-year agreement to bolster Camp Bullis by finding and purchasing land to set aside as habitat for an endangered songbird. Read full SA Express article here. August 28, 2009 Conservancy shifts into high gear Scott Storm decided the best way to keep his family’s ranch together was through a conservation agreement that would protect more than 5,000 acres covered in…

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2009 Habitat Conservation News

November 12, 2009 Public Hearing for Hays County RHCP Hays County will conduct a public hearing to discuss the County’s application for a Endangered Species Act incidental take permit and possible adoption of the RHCP and related items. The hearing will include an open house/exhibits, brief presentations about the project, and an opportunity for public comment – Details October 28, 2009 Hays County RHCP – Final Drafts for public comment and Notice of public hearing Hays County will conduct a…

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2009 Conservation Easement News

September 17, 2009 Army, warbler making peace The Nature Conservancy and Fort Sam Houston were poised to announce today a five-year agreement to bolster Camp Bullis by finding and purchasing land to set aside as habitat for an endangered songbird. Read full SA Express article here. August 28, 2009 Conservancy shifts into high gear Scott Storm decided the best way to keep his family’s ranch together was through a conservation agreement that would protect more than 5,000 acres covered in…

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2009 Water Quality News

December 30, 2009 TCEQ public hearing this Thursday, Jan 4th at 7pm – Wastewater discharge into Lake Travis The Protect Lake Travis Association newsletter covers all the details. Concerned landowners, lake business owners and residents should attend and make comments. Read more here. December 16, 2009 Protecting Lake Travis PLTA is an all volunteer, very effective organization working for a healthy Lake Travis. Read their latest newsletter which provides updates about the threats of discharge into the Highland Lakes. Join…

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2009 Water Planning News

November 19, 2009 State environmental agency rejects request to repeal discharge ban The state environmental office Wednesday denied a request to repeal a ban on the discharge of treated wastewater into the Highland Lakes, which serve as the prime recreation and water supply reservoirs in Central Texas. The decision, made at a meeting of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, ends a public policy discussion that boiled down to water quality versus water quantity. Read full Statesman.com article here. October…

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2009 Rainwater Harvesting News

August 18, 2009 Drop in time A one-inch rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof yields 600 gallons of water — a bounty during times of drought, according to Hill Country Master Naturalist Jim Stanley. But storing rainwater is just one of the benefits of a rainwater harvesting system, said Stanley, who has served as a Riverside Nature Center volunteer for the past eight years. Read full Kerrville Daily Times article here. August 11, 2009 Rainwater catchment catches on Many Bandera…

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2009 Groundwater News

December 19, 2009 Growth vs future water supply Months of behind-the-scenes work paid off Monday night with a quiet public hearing and unanimous approval of a revised management plan for the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District. The plan deals with numerous hot-button issues, including predictions of managed available groundwater, projected total water supply in Kendall County and groundwater management policies. Read full Boerne Star article here. December 1, 2009 TCEQ Establishes Office of Water The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality…

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2009 Drought News

September 24, 2009 Intensity of drought surpasses previous droughts Despite scattered rainfall, the Colorado River basin remains in a severe drought that is affecting water supply, LCRA staff told the Board of Directors this week. As a result, LCRA is considering whether to take additional drought management actions. Read full LCRA media release here. September 4, 2009 Drought drying Barton Springs The most severe drought in the nation is drying up one of Austin’s most treasured natural resources, the spring-fed…

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