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During Drought, Once-Mighty Texas Rice Belt Fades Away

“This is the state’s youngest land – a vast accumulation of sediment, slowly left behind during ages of floods. From the high Hill Country, the Colorado River carried dirt down to the flatlands, extending Texas’ coastline over millions of years. The region was literally created by water.” Read the full story from State Impact.

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Subdivision on subdivision violence in the Texas Hill Country

"This is often the case -- and is happening more and more in the increasingly crowded Hill Country suburbs of Austin: Recent transplants bristling at the prospect of new development next door. It's probably true that a new subdivision will ruin Hill Country views -- but weren't those views also ruined with the previous subdivision and the one before that? Wells could very well go dry, the night stars will surely be more obscured, roads will see more traffic, and…

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Rainwater Revival Returns to Dripping Springs on October 25

Look to the sky for your water supply—and learn how to capture and use it at the fifth annual Rainwater Revival, which returns to Dripping Springs on October 25. The popular and free edu-fest event is put on by the Hill Country Alliance. “We began our part-educational, part-fun fest in Dripping Springs in 2010, and after two years there we took the event on the road to other parts of the Hill Country,” said Event Chair Karen Ford. “We’re happy…

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Two Texas Parks & Wildlife Properties Achieve International ‘Dark Sky’ Status

August 6, 2014 TUCSON, Ariz. – Texas state parks remain among the few public places in one of the nation’s most populous and increasingly urbanized states where the starry heavens can be viewed in all their celestial glory with only minimal intrusion of artificial light. Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle Plains and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the Hill Country are the first Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky…

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LCRA Accepting Applications for Regional Councils

Volunteers provide feedback, share information about LCRA with local communities LCRA is accepting applications through August for membership on its four Regional Councils, groups of volunteers who provide an important link between LCRA and the communities it serves. Regional Council members meet several times a year to discuss regional topics involving LCRA services in their communities. Members pass along information from council meetings to their local communities to provide a clear, accurate understanding of issues related to LCRA. “The Regional…

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CARD Hosts a Community Water Meeting September 11

Today the supply of water for our area is adequate. But we know additional growth is bringing many more people and businesses. As responsible, foresighted citizens, we must consider how we can assure a reliable supply of water for our own future, and for those who follow us. To help us all learn more about the risks facing our community and our future, CARD will host a free Community Meeting September 11 in Wimberley. Details

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LCRA and City of Mason award $24,000 to Odeon Preservation Association for LED lighting

August 1, 2014  The Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) will be able to purchase and install LED stage lighting for Mason’s historic Odeon Theater with the help of a $24,000 community development grant. The Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Mason provided the grant to OPA to help reduce the theater’s energy consumption by upgrading the theater’s stage lighting system from conventional to LED. Built in 1928, the Odeon Theater is the oldest continuously operating movie theater in West…

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