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…

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April 2011 News Archive

  • April 30, 2011
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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…

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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 —…

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March 2011 News Archive

  • March 30, 2011
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March 31, 2011 Senate votes to make groundwater a vested right The Texas Senate approved a bill Yesterday that would establish groundwater as a vested right protected by the state Constitution. For the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, its passage is a clarification of state law and an assurance to landowners that they have the right to the water below their property. For groundwater and subsidence districts across the state, the bill, approved 28-3, is a threat to…

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February 2011 News Archive

  • February 28, 2011
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February 26, 2011 Uvalde pipeline bill more trouble than it’s worth A bill has recently been filed to lift the ban on building a pipeline to transport water from Uvalde County. Read more here February 22, 2011 Kerrville seeks rehearing for CREZ route; LCRA scheduling meetings for affected landowners The Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment (SOSHE) continues to monitor developments related to energy, wind farms and transmission lines through the Hill Country. Learn more here. Growth and How it…

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January 2011 News Archive

  • January 31, 2011
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January 31, 2011 Texas firm plans 50 homes on Horseshoe Bay golf course A Texas-based limited partnership plans to build 50 upscale homes in a gated community near two holes of a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Horseshoe Bay, west of Austin on Lake LBJ. And the company plans to acquire other nearby land in an area it says is prime for more growth. Read more from Statesman.com here. Bill Aids Landowners Protecting Texas’ Water Supply A bipartisan group…

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December 2010 News Archive

  • December 31, 2010
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December 28, 2010 Book chronicles struggles of early Texas environmentalists When a famed, elderly Dallas conservationist and mentor suffered a brain embolism 15 years ago, Austinite David Todd thought he ought to document the environmental stories of that generation before they disappeared. “It was kind of a wake-up call that there’s this generation of people that grew up in the post-war era and helped us to create many of the parks we enjoy, passed a lot of laws that fund…

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2010 County Authority News

December 8, 2010 Water, Land Use, Transportation and Economic Development CAPCOG has released the long-awaited Regional Growth Assessment. The report includes an analysis of growth in four key areas – water, land use, transportation, and economic development – then makes policy recommendations about what communities in the region should consider if they are experiencing the challenges identified. Water availability is the most prominent issue for the region. Download the report here. October 20, 2010 Travis County commissioners ban development that…

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2010 Land Stewardship 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…

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