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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Texas’ Courts Legal Treatment of Groundwater is Fluid

Groundwater rights have been hotly debated in Texas for as long as there has been the ability to pump it. Unlike surface water, which is owned by the state and held in trust for the public, Texas courts have ruled that groundwater is the surface owner’s vested private property. This vested right can be regulated by Groundwater Conservation Districts. Read more from Texas Living Waters.

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Depleting the Water, 15 minutes you shouldn’t miss

This Sunday’s 60 Minutes segment on Groundwater Depletion in California’s Central Valley explores California’s drought and the depletion of it’s Central Valley aquifer due to agricultural over-pumping. With dwindling reservoirs here in Central Texas and ever growing population projections, numerous proposals are under consideration to pump and pipe groundwater to the I-35 Corridor and beyond. What can the Hill Country learn from California’s “groundwater overdraft?”

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HCA honored by Hays County Master Naturalists!

  • November 17, 2014
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HCA has been recognized as an “HONORARY MEMBER” in the Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist for exemplary service and commitment to the community and natural resources of the State of Texas. The recognition took place Saturday, November 15th at the HCMN annual Gala, Awards & New Class Graduation Ceremony held in San Marcos. HCA has partnered with Master Naturalists in the Hill Country region on numerous educational programs. The Hays County Chapter (HCMN) has provided essential volunteer…

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