What should be the new drawdown  of the Trinity Aquifer?

What should be the new drawdown of the Trinity Aquifer?

A special public workshop and meeting of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Wimberley Community Center. The board is to discuss, and possibly vote on, how it will participate in the upcoming Groundwater Management District 9 (GMA 9) decision regarding the drawdown of the Trinity Aquifer. This special meeting will serve as an information and education workshop for both the HTGCD board and the public on the meaning…

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Hill Country Workshop Provides Landowners with Information on Conservation Easements

Hill Country Workshop Provides Landowners with Information on Conservation Easements

The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT) and The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) are hosting a conservation easement workshop on Friday, October 23.   This workshop will focus on the landowners in the nineteen-county Hill Country region and will bring landowners the message about how to steward and protect their land investment with a conservation easement agreement. Conservation easements are one of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property.  A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that ensures…

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Blanco River Flood Exacerbated by Manicured Lawns on the Riverbanks

Blanco River Flood Exacerbated by Manicured Lawns on the Riverbanks

Rachel Ranft steers a mud-splattered white pickup slowly along River Road, a narrow strip of asphalt a few feet above the now-placid Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas. She pulls up next to a towering bald cypress, a type of conifer native to central Texas that grows along creeks or near springs. This one measures about 100 feet high and 6 feet around. A tangle of debris wraps its trunk like a fibrous scarf, and rough bark dangles off it in…

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Colorado nonprofit partners with city on mobility

Colorado nonprofit partners with city on mobility

  • September 18, 2015
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Austin leaders announced a partnership Monday morning between the city and Colorado-based nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute to develop “innovative mobility solutions” to the transportation woes that frustrate many Austinites. Jeruld Weiland, managing director of RMI’s Mobility Transportation program, told those packed into the City Hall atrium that the initiative will involve a multifaceted approach to mobility enhancements that includes integrated smartphone apps and payment systems, vehicle electrification, traffic data analysis and more. “With this three- to five-year time frame, we can…

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TCEQ grants permit to take land for private developer despite judge’s ruling

TCEQ grants permit to take land for private developer despite judge’s ruling

  • September 18, 2015
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The Graham family can never seem to cut a break from big government. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the state agency that grants wastewater permits, approved a permit for the neighboring developer of Johnson Ranch in spite of the fact that Administrative Law JudgeSarah Ramos, who heard the Graham’s case in a contested case hearing, ruled that the permit should be denied. Allowing the developer to dump its treated sewage onto the Graham’s property means they’ll lose that…

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House Committee Holds Medina County Hearing For CWD Update

House Committee Holds Medina County Hearing For CWD Update

  • September 17, 2015
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Colleen Schreiberm Livestock Weekly: The Texas House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism conducted another special hearing to address the chronic wasting disease issue. This one was not held at the Capitol, however, but in Medina County, where four deer in a breeder facility are now known to have tested positive for CWD. Dr. Dee Ellis, state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, offered an update on the ongoing investigation. TAHC’s goald, he told the committee,…

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Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Photo Contest Winners Announced!

  • September 9, 2015
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Winning Photos in Calendar Contest Capture Extraordinary Moments of Hill Country Beauty Dazzling color and light emanate from each of the winning photographs from Hill Country Alliance’s (HCA) annual photography contest. Soft ripples of lavender and tangerine clouds over a field of wildflowers; an egret perched on a bald cypress branch in the mango light of dawn; ethereal shades of blue in a wispy, flowing river; a golden sunset backdrop for a cruise on Lake Austin—these are the winning images…

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Hill Country residents are encouraged to participate in Regional Water Planning

Hill Country residents are encouraged to participate in Regional Water Planning

  • September 9, 2015
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Hill Country regional planning groups have completed drafts of their portions of the 2017 State Water Plan, and now is the time to review and make public comments.   These plans are essentially lists of water supply strategies intended to accommodate growth projections (demand). The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) has submitted detailed comments and we encourage others to participate in this important process.   Hill Country residents are encouraged to participate in Regional Water Planning Water planning in Texas is…

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As the Lone Star State booms, our wide-open spaces shrink

As the Lone Star State booms, our wide-open spaces shrink

As the heart of Texas — the Texas Triangle — swells with population, the cornfields and sunflower stands recede before the march of the suburbs. But there is a glimmer of hope because ranchers and environmentalists, hunters and city dwellers now have something crucial in common: harnessing the runaway development of the suburbs and exurbs. Interestingly, Arizona might have a thing or two to teach us.   As the Lone Star State booms, our wide-open spaces shrink Richard Parker Dallas…

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New Law May Not Thwart Hays County Water Project

New Law May Not Thwart Hays County Water Project

  • September 9, 2015
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On a recent weeknight, nearly 200 Hays County residents packed into the Wimberley Community Center for what some described as a celebration. Six months earlier, three times as many had stormed the place demanding state legislation they hoped would thwart a major water development project that could cannibalize their own supplies. A bill passed — barely — days before the end of this year’s legislative session, resurrectedafter a rare about face by the House parliamentarian. Enacted weeks later, state Rep. Jason Isaac’s…

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