How Underground Sensors in Texas Will Help NASA Predict Drought and Floods

Stanley Rabke’s family has lived and worked on their Hill Country ranch since 1889. Generations of Rabkes have struggled with the extremes of Texas weather, but one storm sticks out in Stanley’s memory: it came after the drought of the 1950s. Learn about the Bureau of Economic Geology research the Rabke’s are participating in. Read the full story from Mose Buchele at State Impact.

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Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop Dec 25

  • December 3, 2014
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Hill Country Alliance and The Nature Conservancy will be hosting a riparian workshop Friday, Dec 25 in Stonewall. The “Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem” workshop will focus on the Pedernales River Watershed and will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation. Make sure you get your RSVP in if you’d like to attend. Details and registration

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GEAA announces low impact development manual

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance has published “Watershed Stewardship for the Edwards Aquifer Region, a Low Impact Development Manual.” The manual was designed for developers, landscape architects, and all of those who live on, or are planning to build over our fragile aquifer recharge areas. Information about techniques that encourage infiltration of clean stormwater on site, and how plantings and landscaping can be used to mitigate stormwater pollution are outlined. Download the manual for free here.

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Mason County community ready to do battle

  • December 1, 2014
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Residents are concerned that a sand quarry would destroy the tranquility of the rural community. Because mines typically operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a quarry would bring noise and heavy truck traffic to the area…and because Pontotoc is emerging as a destination for wine tasting, local vintners fear that noise and dust from a mine would bring an end to a growing ecotourism business that has brought visitors to its tasting rooms. Read more from the…

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