Taking Care of Your Creeks and Streams

Taking Care of Your Creeks and Streams

Essential lesson’s from Steve Nelle recently published in Ranch and Rural Living Magazine: “Stewardship of creeks and rivers involves the notion that creeks are to some extent a shared resource. Even though the landowner may legally own the creek, he or she realizes that what is done there affects other people, even far downstream. The genuine land steward manages his activities not only for his own personal self-interest but also for the benefit of others.…All Texas citizens benefit when Texas landowners take…

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Minnesota Governor signs bill to mandate buffers to improve water quality and habitat

Minnesota Governor signs bill to mandate buffers to improve water quality and habitat

  • June 19, 2015
  • News

The governor said the ­buffer bill will be one of his most important legacies. “I think we’ll see in the next couple of years a very significant expansion in the number and quality of buffers to make our water cleaner and increase wildlife habitat,” he said. “Given the predictions that were made at the beginning of the session, that nothing would happen, I think this is a very significant accomplishment.” Read the full article from startribune.com

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Rainwater harvesting getting new flood of interest after recent rains

With the recent abundance of rain, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who presents rainwater harvesting programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and elsewhere in the state, has been “flooded” with calls from people interested in water collection and conservation. “Many people I’ve spoken to feel they have missed a golden opportunity to capture and save water for their gardening and landscaping needs,” said Dotty Woodson, who works from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in…

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May marks wettest month for Texas in recorded history

May marks wettest month for Texas in recorded history

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that May was the wettest month on record for the Continental US- and the wettest for both Oklahoma and Texas in recorded history, with rainfall totals almost twice the average levels. Recent rains have nearly eliminated drought from the state of Texas. More information on this particularly wet weather pattern can be found here.  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/national/201505 US Drought Monitor June 9, 2015    

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Texas planners look to aquifers to prepare for next drought

Texas planners look to aquifers to prepare for next drought

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas’ worst droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year’s end. With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas’ rapidly growing population. Three trillion gallons of water gushed from swollen Texas rivers into the Gulf of Mexico in…

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Flood Aid TX, June 28th

Flood Aid TX, June 28th

  • June 15, 2015
  • News

The United Way of Hays County is partnering with ADRN, Crosswind Promotions, the City of Austin and others to hold a benefit concert for flood relief.  The concert line-up includes Ray Benson, Jack Ingram, The Spazmatics and many more. The concert will be held from 12-10pm on Sunday, June 28 at the Palmer Event Center in Austin.  Purchase tickets and learn more at www.floodaidtx.org   Headliners  

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City Says No Thanks to Niagara Water Bottling Deal

City Says No Thanks to Niagara Water Bottling Deal

Ten days ago, a rezoning application by California-based Niagara Bottling to build a water bottling plant at Brooks City Base was fast-tracked for City Council approval by the Zoning Commission, but the deal is now dead. The company’s rezoning application has been withdrawn and Mayor Ivy Taylor and City Council have signaled their rejection of the deal. Brooks City Base no longer is pursuing the tenant, two sources close to Brooks told the Rivard Report. Council had pulled the item from its…

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Chairman of Water Development Board Stepping Down

Chairman of Water Development Board Stepping Down

  • June 11, 2015
  • News

Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, has announced he is stepping down after serving in the position for nearly two years. Rubinstein led the board into a new era after it was handed greater authority over water supply projects by the Legislature. He was appointed to the three-member board by former Gov. Rick Perry in August 2013 in response to a push by lawmakers to shake up the board’s structure. A few months after Rubinstein’s appointment, voters approved $2…

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The Texas Drought is over, but what about the next?

The Texas Drought is over, but what about the next?

The drought that just ended (in all but a small corner of the Texas Panhandle, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor) made Texans aware of the importance of a reliable water supply, for themselves and for the state’s economy. The Texas Legislature in 2013 backed up the State Water Plan with a mechanism for new project funding, including conservation, and the electorate concurred. That well-placed concern, and in some cases panic, about reliable water has been displaced by rain. The…

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Our Water Future Is Not For Sale

Our Water Future Is Not For Sale

San Antonio’s business-as-usual is putting our water future at risk. Last week Brooks City Base sought rush-rush rezoning approval to allow Niagara Bottling to put San Antonio’s water in plastic bottles to sell nationwide. This, while San Antonio Water System (SAWS) wants us to spend $3.4 billion on the Vista Ridge pipeline to bring incredibly expensive additional water to San Antonio. City Council fortunately paused the zoning deal, but it did not kill it.  It should; it is a bad…

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