Environmental and economic protection through water supply development

May 22, 2014 Tom Hegemier, Central Texas Land Water Sustainability Forum  Recent rainfall in Austin delivered more water to the Gulf, but little to lakes Travis and Buchanan, the area’s water supply reservoirs. With near average rainfall the last two years and the lakes continuing to fall, a historic flood or an extremely wet year is necessary to replenish central Texas water supplies and avoid the unthinkable. Ongoing dry conditions could force LCRA in July to declare a new drought…

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Electric Project Open House Draws Large Crowd

*MAY 27 UPDATE: Top 10 FAQs on transmission line routing cases before the PUC LCRA is requesting input using its Project Questionnaire. Persons wishing to offer input regarding the project are encouraged to compete and return the form by May 30, 2014, as requested by LCRA. If you miss this deadline imposed by LCRA during this “study” period, you can still submit the Project Questionnaire. At the May 15, 2014, open house in Stonewall, LCRA stated that is would file…

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Seeing Stars in Dripping Springs

As Texas booms, the state is less and less able to brag that the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. In the big cities and the sprawling suburbs, and even in Far West Texas near the McDonald Observatory, light pollution is increasingly limiting our ability to enjoy the night sky. But the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs is showing that the starry skies can be preserved or restored even as the state…

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Comfort Heritage Foundation Recognizes David K. Langford

Comfort Heritage Foundation Recognizes David K. Langford for His Local Stewardship and the Book, Hillingdon Ranch: Four Season, Six Generations May 20, 2014 Comfort, TX – The Comfort Heritage Foundation announced the nominations for their annual awards for outstanding contributions to the preservation of the heritage and culture of Comfort. The mission of the Comfort Heritage Foundation is to preserve and restore the cultural and physical history and heritage of the community. Six nominations were received for what has become one…

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Awarded Grant to Support Landowners in the Pedernales River Watershed

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) was recently awarded $100,000 in grants to protect the Texas state fish, Guadalupe Bass, in the Pedernales River basin. TPWD will be working with the Hill Country Alliance to identify willing landowners for habitat conservation work within the Pedernales catchment- an area totaling more than 800,000 acres in the heart of the Hill Country. Funds will be available on a competitive basis for cost-share projects, and will benefit the whole health of the…

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Judge’s Corner: Judge makes his stance on groundwater

Water is not only a property right, it is essential to the health and welfare of all Texas citizens. For that reason, groundwater conservation districts are authorized by Texas law to protect this resource of our great state. There are now 100 such districts throughout the state. These local boards are to oversee, regulate, limit, and conserve the groundwater resources of Texas for the public’s benefit now and in the future. More from Statesman.com.

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San Marcos to offer rebates for rainwater harvest systems

The City of San Marcos Public Works Department is implementing a new program to help its customers conserve water. Through this program water customers can receive rebates for purchasing and installing rain barrels and large rainwater tank systems. Private home systems may qualify for up to $5,000, while commercial, institutional and multi-family systems may receive as much as $20,000 in rebates. Learn More

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Keep Rivers Flowing

“Innovative Strategies to Protect and Restore Rivers,” is a 3-part webinar series designed to inform people about strategies to ensure the future health of Texas’ rivers, bays and estuaries. If you missed session one, presentations delivered by Myron Hess, Andy Sansom and Brian Richter are posted on the Texas Living Waters website. Mark your calendars and register now for the next two sessions scheduled for May 28th and June 25th. Great work by our friends at Sierra Club, National Wildlife…

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Fair Oaks Ranch project raises water concerns in Comal County

The Reserve at Fair Oaks Ranch is exactly the kind of proposed development that Rep. Doug Miller long has cited in calls to create a groundwater conservation district in Comal County – “What is happening in Fair Oaks is a prime example of what I’m trying to prevent — potentially unregulated and unmanaged groundwater pumping on a large scale.” – Read more from SA Express-News.

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