Cibolo Nature Center & Farm to offer five-part sustainable landscape program

Texas—Sustainable residential landscapes can have a positive impact on the environmental health and human well-being of an entire region, promoting clean air and water, fertile soils and other essential aspects of daily life. To help homeowners create and maintain landscapes that are both beautiful and sustainable, the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm will offer a five-part workshop on Landscape for Life from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays from Feb. 18 through March 18. Presented by Master Gardeners Ginny Frederick…

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Devils River faces threats from groundwater pumping and export

Many eyes are on SAWS in the weeks ahead as decisions are made about regional water supply, i.e. bringing in water from outside of Bexar County. One of the three proposals being considered is from a water marketer seeking to pump and pipe 150,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer in Val Verde county to San Antonio, San Angelo and other western cities. The Devils River Conservancy and numerous others have sprung into action in opposition to…

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TWDB solicits public comments

  • January 12, 2014
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Texas Water Development Board Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is hosting a discussion about the implementation of historic legislation creating the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT), and we’d like your input. This discussion is the third of several meetings that TWDB is hosting related to prospective rulemaking for House Bill 4, 83rd Texas Legislature. At this meeting we will be focusing on how to define or measure the following items for the purpose of project prioritization: * How…

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What’s your view of Hill Country Stewardship?

  • January 12, 2014
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The 2014 Hill Country Photo Contest runs March 1st through May 31 The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is seeking photographs that tell the story of our region’s stewardship ethic for publication in its 2015 calendar. The Texas Hill Country is a cherished place, yet it is threatened by land fragmentation, over-allocated rivers and aquifers, incompatible land development practices and a lack of understanding about appropriate stewardship. The contest opens March 1 and runs through May 31. Winners receive cash prizes…

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Bennett endowment to provide ongoing AgriLife Extension land stewardship programming

  • January 10, 2014
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A first-of-its-kind endowment made by Eskell and Ruth Bennett will make land stewardship in the Edwards Plateau a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programming for years to come. Natural resource stewardship and a love for the Texas Hill Country are at the center of the Bennett endowment and an upcoming conference. “This is the first endowment ever left directly to AgriLife Extension,” said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station. “We are excited…

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Developer decides not to purchase land near Bracken Cave

  • January 10, 2014
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All of the advocacy outreach opposing the Crescent Hills project adjacent to Bracken Bat Cave has paid off, Stratford Land officially declined to purchase the property. “Meanwhile, a coalition of conservation groups and local officials worried about the impact of development on the bats and the land remains interested in buying the 1,545-acre parcel and still is trying to raise money.” Read more from the San Antonio Express here. GEAA is helping rally support for this conservation opportunity, read GEAA’s…

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Rainfall and recharge reality for the Laurels Ranch, Kendall County = Very very bleak

At The Laurels Ranch we received 29.62 inches of rain for the year 2013. We are very thankful for this close-to-average rainfall year, yet we are needing much more over the longer haul. If you do the math, it can ruin your day. Here’s the hard reality for this area of the Texas Hill Country. We’ve had almost 60 feet of decline (over 2.5 feet in 2013) in our well in the last 14 years (after holding relatively constant for…

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