2012 Transmission Line News

December 3, 2012 “End of Wind?” Statesman headline 12.2.2012 reads “End of Wind? Some say industry will fade if federal tax credit vanishes in fiscal cliff deal”….. “The state has made a large investment in building transmission lines, which will become operational over the next two years, to bring more of the West Texas wind to the power-hungry parts of the state, including Central Texas. In the future, ratepayers will see a surcharge of $5 or so on their monthly…

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2012 Night Sky News

December 13, 2012 Town to receive Night Skies lights As our nation becomes more urbanized and as land ownership in rural areas becomes more fragmented, the problem of light pollution and the “disappearing stars” is receiving increasing attention. The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) has received $15,000 in grant funding from the Coypu Foundation to help the City of Junction and Kimble County to address this problem. Learn More December 12, 2012 Blanco Chamber initiates night sky-friendly business recognition program The…

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2012 Billboard News

August 13, 2012 Welcome Scenic Comal County Scenic Texas welcomes their newest chapter, Scenic Comal County. Committed to preserving the county’s landscape, a group of concerned residents led by Chris Cornwell, Dave Bohn, Robbi Boone, and Comal County Commissioner Jan Kennady want to raise awareness about the negative effects of visual pollution. Scenic Comal County’s mission is to preserve the scenic beauty of Comal County by curbing billboard proliferation, minimizing light pollution, and cleaning up litter. To learn more about…

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November 2012 News Archive

  • November 30, 2012
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November 30, 2012 Water, Water, Everywhere? Texas is in a pickle when it comes to water issues and here in the Hill Country water scarcity hits home. “A do-nothing plan is not one to consider,” House Speaker Joe Straus told an audience at the recent Future of Water seminar hosted by The Texas Tribune. Read a recent editorial from the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post here. November 29, 2012 Streamside Management Workshop set at Cibolo Nature Center on Dec. 8 for…

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“This Riparian stuff is not Rocket Science…”

“The water challenges of Texas will never be resolved until more people understand how creeks and rivers work, including the vital role of voluntary land stewardship, which helps sustain flows and maintain water quality. Landowners, policy makers, agencies, conservation and agricultural organizations all need to work together with greater cooperation to help sustain, maintain and restore the most precious and valuable natural resources that we have.”Read and share Steve Nelle’s Riparian notes.

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The greatest grassland myth of the Texas Hill Country

Myths and misperceptions are common in the realm of nature and natural resource management. Some myths are harmless folklore and not really worth much debate. Other myths are more significant since they can affect natural resource decisions and influence public policy. One of the most oft repeated myths involves the historic landscape vegetation of the Hill Country…“The Hill Country was once vast open grassland with only scattered brush and trees.”Read full Texas Wildlife Magazine article.

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October 2012 News Archive

  • October 31, 2012
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October 25, 2012 Texas Parks, Towns Embrace Dark Sky Movement In recent years, Texas’ state parks have struggled with falling visitor numbers and budget cuts. These days, in their quest to lure people back, the parks are promoting opportunities for night-sky viewing, away from city lights. Read more from Texas Tribune. October 25, 2012 Tighter Conservation Water Rules Needed In light of the continuing rapid growth of Bexar County and the San Antonio Water System’s customer base, plus the ongoing…

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September 2012 News Archive

  • September 30, 2012
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September 27, 2012 Become a citizen scientist during Wildlife Field Research at Cibolo Nature Center Oct. 8-13 Volunteers interested in learning about Hill Country wildlife and contributing to its scientific study are encouraged to become citizen scientists during the Wildlife Field Research “bio-blitz” taking place Oct. 8-13 at the Cibolo Nature Center. Wildlife Field Research is free and open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Learn More Meeting love for the outdoors City and county planners may not…

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2012 Water Catchment News

  • September 26, 2012
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December 9, 2012 Everyone lives in a Watershed – Find out what’s happening along the Llano At HCA, we prefer the term “Water Catchment Area”. Many great water catchment area planning projects are in the works around the Hill Country. The Upper Llano partnership includes residents in Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Menard, Real, and Sutton counties who recognize their “obligation to future generations to maintain the health of the Upper Llano Watershed. Read more about this project here. Find out more about…

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2012 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2012
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December 4, 2012 Wimberley considers wastewater discharge The Wimberley City Council is hosting a meeting Wednesday, December 5th at 6 pm to consider public input about wastewater discharge into Deer Creek. Wimberley creeks flow to the Blanco, which recharges the Edwards Aquifer. Infrastructure decisions about water and roads have long term consequences. Healthy natural resources, flowing clean waters and scenic beauty are all essential components of the Wimberley economy. Helpful resources about water quality in the Hill Country including other debated discharge…

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