A Habitat Conservation Plan for the Southern Edwards Plateau: Opportunity or Liability

by Milan J. Michalec Bexar County and the City of San Antonio are working on a regional planning effort to balance the conservation needs of rare plants and animals with the demand for economic growth and development. This program is known as the Southern Edwards Plateau, Habitat Conservation Plan (SEP HCP):http://www.sephcp.com/ Since the initial public comments were recorded during the scoping period in 2011, this program has been has been controversial. Commissioner’s Courts of Bandera, Blanco, Kendall, Kerr and Medina…

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Rock Crushing Operation Planned for Blanco County- Public Encouraged to Comment by April 17

Rock Crushing Operation Planned for Blanco County- Public Encouraged to Comment by April 17

This Friday, April 17th will be the final day for the public to make comments regarding a sand and gravel operation currently seeking a permit to operate along the banks of the Pedernales River. The facility would be permitted to produce more than 500,000 tons of rock, sand and gravel and would be located roughly 1,000 feet from the Pedernales River- one of the Hill Country’s most pristine river systems. Stakeholders concerned about the dust, particulate matter, runoff, noise and…

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Implementing the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan

  • April 15, 2015
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April 15, 2015 Meadows Center for the Environment The Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan has been accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is currently available for public review and comment through April 30, 2015. This is one of only a handful of approved watershed protection plans in Texas, and the first with a groundwater component. The plan is designed to keep Cypress Creek clean, clear and flowing. This project is facilitated…

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Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Program Public Meeting

A public meeting and Workshop of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Stakeholder and Science Committees will be held on April 22, 2015 8:30 am – 5 pm. This Workshop in an opportunity to learn about and discuss the issues, and give formal comment on the National Academy of Sciences Report 1. Learn more

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AgriLife Landowner’s Management Workshop, April 20 in San Antonio

Download Flyer A Landowner’s Management Workshop will be held from 5:30-8:45 p.m. April 20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, in San Antonio. “This workshop is intended to provide landowners helpful tips to combat weeds and or brush on their properties that are now emerging with the warmer weather and through the summer months,” said Troy Luepke, AgriLife Extension’s Bexar County program coordinator for water and natural resources. “The program…

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Funds for school rainwater projects

  • April 8, 2015
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Now is the time for your school to apply for a grant through HCA’s Rainwater Revival School Grant Program. The program is in its 5th year and has awarded grants to 14 Hill Country Schools for rainwater harvesting projects and water conservation education. The application process is simple. Deadline is May 1st. Find out more and apply.

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Legislation would limit public’s ability to challenge pollution permits

Legislation currently making its way through both the Texas House and Senate would have serious consequences for the general public to challenge pollution permits at the TCEQ. Contested case hearings are typically the best way for landowners to question those applying for permits at the TCEQ, and to have an impartial ruling from a judge. Contested cases are cropping up in the Hill Country, where explosive growth is increasingly pitting long-time landowners against subdivisions and non-compatible uses like industrial operations,…

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Colorful Blooms Decorate Texas State Parks

  • April 8, 2015
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Texas State Parks have gone Technicolor this spring; rolling waves of bright blue, deep red and rich yellow blanket Texas’ hills and plains. Texas is blessed with more than 5,000 species of wildflowers and this spring has seen a proliferation of wildflower populations. Read more from TPWD. And while you’re out, don’t forget your camera! The HCA photo contest runs through May 31.

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