In Bandera County, neighbors fight plans to discharge wastewater from youth camp

In Bandera County, neighbors fight plans to discharge wastewater from youth camp

  • November 27, 2018
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TARPLEY – Charles and John Blackwell stood at the edge of their property with their neighbor Margo Denke Griffin and pointed out the clear water pouring across their land in Commissioners Creek. “You can always see the bottom,” Charles Blackwell said of the creek, which in several spots teemed with minnows darting among aquatic plants. Commissioners Creek is vital to the Blackwells, two brothers who raise around 18 cattle on property that’s been in their family for more than 100…

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Making the connection: Watersheds and our water supplies

Making the connection: Watersheds and our water supplies

  • November 27, 2018
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The heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding Central Texas faced a few weeks ago broke records and served as an important reminder about the connection between land and water. After experiencing one of the wettest Septembers on the state’s record, followed by catastrophic flooding from the Llano River, Lake Travis — designed to hold back floodwaters for the City of Austin and its downstream communities — reached its highest level since 1997, forcing the Lower Colorado River Authority to open four floodgates…

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Canadian utility company EPCOR tapped to operate SAWS’ Vista Ridge Pipeline

Canadian utility company EPCOR tapped to operate SAWS’ Vista Ridge Pipeline

A utility owned by the Canadian city of Edmonton has been chosen to operate the San Antonio Water System’s Vista Ridge pipeline, creating a business relationship that will last at least 30 years. SAWS’ board of trustees on Tuesday passed a resolution consenting to EPCOR Services, a division of EPCOR Utilities, as the operating service provider for Vista Ridge. Stretching from Burleson County to San Antonio, the 142-mile water pipeline that can deliver up to 16.3 billion gallons per year…

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Pipeline project running through Hill Country raises concern

Pipeline project running through Hill Country raises concern

  • November 23, 2018
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WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — A $2 billion pipeline project has landowners in the Hill Country concerned about their property. The project is backed by Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, a company out of Houston and EagleClaw Midstream Ventures. In a press release issued by Kinder Morgan, the company says the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) will prove an outlet for increased natural gas production from the Permian Basin to growing market areas along the Texas Gulf Coast. The company says the pipeline…

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They wish there were more jobs, but rural Texans are happy where they are, poll finds

They wish there were more jobs, but rural Texans are happy where they are, poll finds

  • November 20, 2018
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Texans in the rural counties that make up the vast majority of the state’s geography are overwhelmingly happy with their quality of life, about their public schools and the quality of the natural environment around them, according to the 2018 Future of Rural Texas Poll released this week in connection with “The Future of Rural Texas: A Texas Tribune Symposium” being held in College Station. They share many problems with urban and suburban Texans, like transportation and access to mental…

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Texas Stream Team trains 10,000th citizen scientist; lands TCEQ grant to support water monitoring

Texas Stream Team trains 10,000th citizen scientist; lands TCEQ grant to support water monitoring

  • November 14, 2018
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Texas Stream Team, part of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, has been awarded a $427,000 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to expand the program’s citizen science efforts and education across Texas. Texas Stream Team is a citizen scientist water quality monitoring program that is administered through a cooperative partnership between The Meadows Center, TCEQ and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program is dedicated to understanding and protecting the…

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Dennis Bonnen says he has the votes to become the next speaker of the Texas House

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen announced Monday that he has support from 109 members to become the next speaker of the Texas House. That number, if it holds, is more than enough votes for him to win the gavel. The Angleton Republican’s announcement came at a press conference not long after four other speaker candidates — Republicans Tan Parker, Four Price and Phil King, along with Democrat Eric Johnson — dropped out of the race within 48 hours. All four endorsed…

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Weird, late monarch butterfly migration finally reaches Mexico

Weird, late monarch butterfly migration finally reaches Mexico

  • November 13, 2018
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Migrating monarch butterflies finally made it to the Mexican mountains last week–late, but intact. For months, scientists and citizen scientists have been predicting the largest migration in a decade, but the insects have taken their time arriving at their winter roosting sites, missing their usual Day of the Dead arrival by almost a week, according to reports. Mexico’s Natural Protected Areas Commission (CONANP) said in a statement that the first butterflies of the season were “crossing the sky” at Chincua and…

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Permian highway pipeline

Permian highway pipeline

  • November 7, 2018
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Exxon Mobil joins Houston-based Kinder Morgan in partnership with Midland-based EagleClaw Midstream on the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline. The 42-inch buried natural gas pipeline will be 430 miles starting north of Fort Stockton and stretching across much of Texas’ Hill Country to its destinations near Houston. It will connect with other lines that will reach down near Agua Dulce. Both major lines will feed smaller lines that stretch across Southeast and South Texas. Some of its product will end…

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Dem stuns GOP for top county seat

An underdog Democratic candidate stunned a former 14-year commissioner Tuesday to take the highest elected office in Hays County.  Ruben Becerra, a San Marcos business owner, defeated Will Conley by 2,649 votes, according to unofficial, final results. All results will be canvassed by the Hays County Commissioners Court at a later date.  Becerra, who unsuccessfully ran for the San Marcos CISD board of trustees and Mayor of San Marcos in previous years, won his first elected position. It also marks the first time…

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