2010 Drought News

December 17, 2010 Central Texas in drought again Scarcely a year after one drought ended, another has gripped Central Texas. Parts or all of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties are in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federally funded service that tracks conditions across the country. Read full Statesman.com article here. December 9, 2010 Experts fear Texas heading into another drought State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told the Houston Chronicle that continuing dry weather is…

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2010 Transportation Planning News

December 7, 2010 San Antonio West/Southwest Sector Plan 12/14 The City of San Antonio invites you to participate in the first West/Southwest sector planning meeting. December 14th from 6 – 8 pm at the Northside ISD Activity Center. Click here for details. October 19, 2010 Driven Apart – Land Use and Transportation This analysis, once again, shows that many of the assumptions driving big investments of taxpayer dollars that shape our communities are outdated, said CEOs for Cities President and…

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2010 Transmission Line News

December 9, 2010 The Clear View Alliance Perspective CVA was recognized as a meaningful and significant party in the recently completed PUC hearings in Austin. “Speaking about long-term social and ecological costs must have sounded like Greek” reflects Bill Neiman. Read more here. December 8, 2010 Save Our Scenic Hill Country CREZ updates The PUC has ordered cost effective alternatives for two CREZ lines, while progress continues on the big one, McCamey D to Kendall. Routing decision should be made…

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2010 Billboard News

November 18, 2010 Texas’ Rural Billboards Continue Unchecked It seems that every time you drive out of town, a new rural billboard has been built to capture your attention – and spoil the view. Since at last count over 200 Texas cities now prohibit billboard construction, industry growth has moved into the rural areas – exactly where billboards do not belong. Under existing Texas law, no much can be done about proliferating billboards in rural counties. No local county government…

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Starstruck: The quest to save West Texas’ dark night skies

We Texans can thank our lucky stars: We’re blessed with far West Texas and the Big Bend region, where infrequent cloud cover, low humidity, limited air pollution and scant urban sprawl create an astral feast for the eyes. Yet even in this idyllic setting, where the night skies are so pristine it’s like being inside a planetarium, light pollution is creeping in. Read full Texas Co-op Power article.

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November 2010 News Archive

  • November 30, 2010
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Critics of Habitat Plan are Spouting Nonsense The most important thing the public needs to know about the proposed plan is that it is completely voluntary. No one who doesn’t want to participate would have to do so at any price.” Read SA Express-News opinion piece here. Learn more about Habitat Plans here. View fact sheet. Land Use, Water, Transportation and Economic Development The Capital Area Council of Governments has released an assessment of recent and projected growth patterns for…

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October 2010 News Archive

  • October 31, 2010
  • News

October 24, 2010 Wind power showdown set in Austin To get a sense of how contentious Monday’s hearing about where to build a massive electric transmission line through the Hill Country will be, consider this: It’s being held at the Austin Convention Center. That’s big enough to hold more than 1,000 people — and there are easily that many with a stake in the outcome. Read full San Antonio Express article here. Art Exhibit at TSU: “Signs of Life” by…

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September 2010 News Archive

  • September 30, 2010
  • News

September 30, 2010 Massive deal proposed to move water from counties east of Austin to San Antonio Hoping to broker a massive deal that would send water from beneath counties east of Austin in a $400 million pipeline to San Antonio, the general manager of a Central Texas river authority has asked the region’s chief private water developers to convene in Seguin on Friday. Read full Statesman.com article here. September 29, 2010 PUC could save more than $140 million on…

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2010 Rainwater News

  • September 26, 2010
  • News

October 26, 2010 Commissioners agree to keep rainwater rules for subdivisions flexible – for now A public hearing on new development rules drew only two speakers, both supportive of a proposal in the new rules that would allow subdivisions that rely on rainwater collection to provide potable water. Read full Boerne Star article here. August 20, 2010 Rainwater Revival announces speaker and live music line-up The Rainwater Revival today announced the speaker and live music line-up for this outdoor festival created…

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