2011 Water Conservation News

September 25, 2011 Water conservation a habit we must keep The current drought eventually will end — we think. But even if rain starts to fall in the next few weeks, the record-setting droughts of 2009 and this year should be reminders that if we’re not currently in a drought, we’re always on the brink of one. Read full Statesman.com article. July 19, 2011 Conservation in San Antonio is Saving More than Water Who would believe that a translucent sightless…

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2011 Rainwater Harvesting News

  December 20, 2011 Water a hot topic in Hill Country despite recent rains “Statistics provided by the Texas Water Development Board show that groundwater withdrawal from the Hill Country’s Edwards and Trinity aquifers increased dramatically between 1975 and 2010. In 1975, less than 10,000 acre-feet were withdrawn annually; that shot up to 41,000 acre-feet in 2010. Mix in recent drought years, and a picture of a thirsty Hill Country natural world comes into sharper focus.” Read more from SA…

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2011 Groundwater News

November 16, 2011 Our treasured springs need protection The canary is in the coal mine and he’s thirsty. Without thoughtful stewardship, public treasures such as Jacob’s Well, Hays County’s historic perennial spring, as well as the private legacies of the many unnamed springs feeding Block Creek on Kendall County’s historic Hillingdon Ranch could stop flowing forever. Read full Statesman.com commentary by David K. Langford and David Baker. September 28, 2011 Draft Water Plan Says Texas “Will Not Have Enough” Draft…

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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…

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2011 Transportation Planning News

December 9, 2011 Perry Survived Even as His Big Plan for Texas Failed Unveiled by Mr. Perry in early 2002, the public-private transit project was intended as a centerpiece of his governorship, “a plan as big as Texas and as ambitious as our people,” he said, to create 4,000 miles of road, rail and utility corridors each as wide as four football fields. Read more from NY Times. December 5, 2011 Regional Rail from San Antonio to Georgetown Project Connect…

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2011 Transmission Line News

  December 29, 2011 Environmental impact of CREZ December 23rd was the final day to submit public comments for the LCRA draft Environmental Assessment (dEA), draft Habitat Conservation Plan (dHCP) and related Incidental Take Permit (ITP). The Study Area includes six counties (Tom Green, Schleicher, Kimble, Kerr, Gillespie and Kendall) The impacts of these 18-story high lattice towers used to build 178 miles of industrial scale transmission lines (known as CREZ projects) will change the Hill Country region forever. Hearings…

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2011 Night Sky News

December 23, 2011 Commissioners endorse preserving night skies, PEC offers support Kimble County and the PEC agree to work together to protect nights skies. “As Judge Murr stated, the night sky is part of the region’s scenic beauty that brings significant economic and financial benefits to the community.” Read more from the Junction Eagle.. August 17, 2011 PEC takes action to minimize effect of outdoor lighting on night skies Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors approved a resolution at its…

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2011 Billboard News

November 2, 2011 Scenic Texas at Work This month’s “Scenic Views” a newsletter from Scenic Texas features an announcement of “This Space Available,” a feature documentary exploring grassroots efforts to deal with visual pollution worldwide. Learn more from Scenic Texas. June 2, 2011 Signs of the times: billboards, property rights, and the enlightenment At the heart of the struggle between anti- and pro-billboarders is the question: who owns the view? If private landowners want to put up a forest of…

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