Barton Springs – Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Expansion News, Map, And FAQs

Barton Springs – Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Expansion News, Map, And FAQs

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) has set up a new page on their website devoted to the annexation of the white zone of the Trinity in Hays County. It currently includes a map of annexed area, a copy of the final bill, and a FAQ page. For more information: http://www.bseacd.org/publications/spotlights/hb-3405-annexation/

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Post-Flood Riparian Recovery Workshops Planned for  Wimberley and Blanco Communities

Post-Flood Riparian Recovery Workshops Planned for Wimberley and Blanco Communities

In the wake of the Memorial Day 2015 floods that roared through Central Texas, people in the Hill Country are left grappling with the aftermath. Images of hundred-year-old cypress trees, stripped bare of their bark and ripped up from their roots, inevitably turn our minds to our creeks and rivers and prompts the question- what can we do to heal our streamsides? In the wake of the Memorial Day 2015 floods that roared through Central Texas, people in the Hill…

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Texas Water Symposium to Feature Regional Water Experts, June 18 in Fredericksburg

Texas Water Symposium to Feature Regional Water Experts, June 18 in Fredericksburg

Regional Growth and Our State Water Planning Process: How You Can Get Involved The 8th Annual Texas Water Symposium series continues this June in Fredericksburg with a personal conversation between Hill Country water experts about the State’s water planning process and the need for public participation. As Central Texas grapples with population growth, increasing demands on our water supply and cycles of intense drought and floods, it is essential that the public is aware of the water infrastructure planning process…

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Six Schools Win Rainwater Revival Grants to Fund Conservation Projects

Six Schools Win Rainwater Revival Grants to Fund Conservation Projects

HCA was happily overwhelmed with 13 terrific Rainwater Revival grant applications  from Hill Country schools this year. Though all projects had merit, the three judges made difficult choices and picked six deserving schools to receive $1,000 awards each. “Judging by the quantity and quality of proposals for rainwater catchment and water conservation projects this year, it’s clear that teachers and schools are putting a priority on helping students learn the value of water as an important shared resource,” said Karen…

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Zoning Change for Water Bottling Plant Paused for a Second Look

Zoning Change for Water Bottling Plant Paused for a Second Look

Environmental groups called foul this week when the City of San Antonio Zoning Commissionapproved a plan to rezone a section of Brooks City Base to make way for a possible water bottling plant on Tuesday. The fast-tracked rezoning request was on the agenda for City Council to vote on Thursday, but according to staff, Brooks City Base requested that the vote be postponed. The zoning case will be pulled from Thursday’s agenda to be considered in August. South Texas is known for…

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Paradise Lost: What the Texas Floods Swept Away

Paradise Lost: What the Texas Floods Swept Away

The flash flood warnings kept coming in over television. That is, until the power went out. The entire valley, I could see from my home on the hill, was plunged into pitch-blackness made all the worse by the sheets of rain. After a sheriff’s deputy came to the house and told me it was finally safe to leave, I could see the damage that was done to my beloved little Texas town. Bridges were smashed. Uncounted homes—perhaps over 1,000 up…

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Letting the River Heal

Letting the River Heal

The good news is, the best thing you can do for your trees and river banks is to leave them alone. Please watch this video from Blanco Valley River Restoration Project and read this helpful information from the Texas Forest Service, Hays County Master Naturalists and Steve Nelle. Video: Watch, Learn and Share with your Neighbors: Don’t Give up on your Trees – Let the Blanco River Heal Itself First Steps: (Download these steps here) -Compiled from conversations with the…

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Sen. Fraser Decides Against Running for Re-election

Sen. Fraser Decides Against Running for Re-election

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, announced Tuesday that he is not running for re-election, ending a tenure at the Capitol that has spanned four decades. “There comes a time when leaders must take a look at the trail they have blazed and reflect on all they have done,” Fraser wrote in a letter to colleagues and friends. “There also comes a time when leaders must allow others the opportunity to leave their mark. Today marks that time for me.”…

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Texas legislators mostly kept hands off local control

Texas legislators mostly kept hands off local control

A simmering feud between state lawmakers and municipal leaders over local control never quite reached full boil this year. Spooked by Gov. Greg Abbott’s push against “unchecked overregulation” and by tea party Republicans who filed bills to limit local government, North Texas mayors, city managers and county judges braced for battle. But with one major exception — a measure that stops cities from banning the drilling practice known as fracking — municipal leaders in Dallas and beyond have declared this…

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