SAWS Backpedals on Right Choice – Still Considering Groundwater Importation Project

Last month, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club praised staff at the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) for recommending to their Board that the focus of future water supplies for the city should rest on nearby brackish groundwater, rather than the importation of fresh groundwater from locations distant of the city. Unfortunately, the SAWS Board, sensing pressure from the business community, has backpedaled against that recommendation to reject all three of the groundwater proposals. Read more from the…

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HCA’s Rainwater Revival calls for grant applications to fund water conservation and catchment programs at Hill Country schools

  • March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014 The Hill Country Alliance has set an April 30 deadline for local schools to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to develop or continue water catchment and conservation programs. The auction of “art barrels” during the Alliance’s annual Rainwater Revival, held in October, funds the grants. “Thanks to the talented Hill Country artists who design and paint rainwater barrels, and the businesses who donate the barrels, two schools in our 17-county Hill Country will get funding…

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SAWS: Yes to Desal Plant, Maybe to Pipeline

  • March 10, 2014
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The San Antonio Water System board voted unanimously Tuesday to fund Phase I construction of a brackish water desalination plant in southern Bexar County – the most ambitious water diversification project in the city’s history – and enter negotiations with the Vista Ridge Consortium to provide San Antonio with an even greater supply of new water via a privately-owned regional pipeline, a second diversification project of unprecedented scope and cost.Read more from the Rivard Report.

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Meet TWDB’s new Agricultural and Rural Texas Ombudsman

  • March 7, 2014
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It’s a good thing Doug Shaw loves Texas back roads. In just his first six weeks on the job, he traveled over 3,000 miles. The Texas Water Development Board’s first Agricultural and Rural Texas Ombudsman began this new staff position on Dec. 1, 2013. The product of a sixth generation Texas farm family, Shaw knows rural Texas, and he knows Texas water. He previously worked in the water planning division at TWDB from 2006 until he assumed his new role…

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Art and Conservation’ to feature landowner-artist partnerships to promote Hill Country conservation

  • March 7, 2014
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Artists will have access to lands not open to the public BOERNE, Texas—Hill Country-area artists and landowners are invited to join together to promote conservation of the region’s natural resources during “Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures,” a collaboration between the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm and the Hill Country Council for the Arts. “Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures” is a biennial project that gives artists access to private lands where they spend time over the course of one…

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Texas’ Most Endangered Places

  • March 7, 2014
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Nominations are now being accepted for the Preservation Texas, Most Endangered Place list. Some wonderful places in the Hill Country already grace this list including the Spettel Riverside House in Bandera County, The Old Llano County Jail, Hamilton Pool, Scenic Loop-Boerne Stage Corridor and statewide, Texas Dance Halls! The deadline is fast approaching, March 21st, take it upon yourself to nominate an iconic Hill Country treasure. Learn More

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