Llano River Watershed Week in Review

Llano River Watershed Week in Review

  • October 10, 2015
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The Watershed Week in Review from the Llano River Watershed Alliance covers important topics impacting citizens, land, water and wildlife along the Llano River. This week’s newsletter: “Bush nonprofit partners with State and Feds to Restore Monarch Population,” “3 Days in the Field highlights Mason,” “TPWD Magazine recognizes Native American Seed’s Bill Neiman,” “More on Streambank Erosion,” “The Suspended Pipe” and  “Do wind turbines impact Monarchs?” Download the October 18 Watershed Week in Review

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Film addresses lessons and future strategies following Blanco River flood

Film addresses lessons and future strategies following Blanco River flood

  • October 9, 2015
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  The Texas Hill Country, known as “Flash Flood Alley”, is a semi-arid region known for extended periods of drought interrupted by significant flooding events. The Memorial Day flood along the Blanco River was one of the most devastating on record. Citizens and communities along the river were left with heartbreaking losses of life and property, and also many questions about how this happened and how can we reduce impacts from future floods. In response, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA)…

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Needmore Ranch seeks giant groundwater pumping permit

Needmore Ranch seeks giant groundwater pumping permit

CARD Urges Complete Evaluation and Public Meeting Just east of Wimberley along the Blanco River lies the 5,000 acre Needmore Ranch owned by McAllen businessman Greg LaMantia. This ranch made headlines in 2013 when the Texas Legislature approved a 4,000 acre Municipal Utility District (MUD) within its boundaries. A large part of the ranch lies within the newly expanded jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD). Mr. LaMantia (Needmore Water LLC) has made application to the BSEACD for…

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Nurseryman Bill Neiman harvests native seed to restore Texas prairies

Nurseryman Bill Neiman harvests native seed to restore Texas prairies

As a child growing up on the rural outskirts of Dallas in the 1950s, Bill Neiman loved to plant himself beneath the native horse apple trees in his family’s backyard. Water hose in hand, he created rivers and lakes for his imaginary little people in the make-believe cities he built in the dirt. The young Neiman spent summers barefoot, walking through pastures to explore the tall grasses around Bachman Creek and Bachman Lake. He dug in the dirt with his…

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Government Canyon State Natural Area Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Government Canyon State Natural Area Celebrates 10th Anniversary

  • October 8, 2015
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“If you have never been to Government Canyon, you will be amazed”, says Government Canyon Superintendent Chris Holm. “Surprisingly, it’s only a few minutes from San Antonio. Many people don’t even know we are here but when they find us, they are amazed by the peaceful solitude.” From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Government Canyon will host events such as: guided hikes on the future route of its planned interpretive nature trail, Ranger-led tours of the Kallison Ranch property, kids’…

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A new web-based land-use tool is available at the Texas Land Trends website

A new web-based land-use tool is available at the Texas Land Trends website

  • October 5, 2015
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“Snelgrove said users can view 15-year trends in private working lands for such metrics as land use, market value, ownership size and population by county, river basin, eco-region or region of interest. They can also choose different regional areas to make side-by-side comparisons of  different metrics used.” By: Paul Schattenberg Texas A&M AgriLife The October 2014 Texas Land Trends report described key findings of changes in land use, ownership size and property values of rural working lands alongside population changes…

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Mason Residents Resist Unwelcome Wind Project

Mason Residents Resist Unwelcome Wind Project

  • October 2, 2015
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Adding a wind farm to its Lone Star energy portfolio in the scenic Texas Hill Country is proving to be much tougher than setting up shop on the high Texas plains for Enel Green Power North America. Folks in Mason, where construction of the wind project is proposed, believe that wind turbines just don’t belong here. The Italian energy giant has plans for development of the Mason Mountain Wind Project (MMWP) not far from the historic community of 2,077 that…

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New Report Shows That Vista Ridge Project Would Harm Aquifer Levels

New Report Shows That Vista Ridge Project Would Harm Aquifer Levels

A new report written by groundwater hydrologist, George Rice, uses the state’s own Groundwater Availability Model to predict that the Vista Ridge water supply project would drop water levels and hydraulic (water) pressure hundreds of feet in the Simsboro and Carrizo aquifers.  The state’s model also predicts that Vista Ridge pumping would reduce contributions of groundwater to streamflow in the Colorado and Brazos rivers as pumping increases.  Unfortunately the state’s model is not well-suited to predict how much stream flows…

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Texas Water Symposium – The San Antonio/Vista Ridge Pipeline:  Regional Considerations of a Potential Municipal Water Supply Project

Texas Water Symposium – The San Antonio/Vista Ridge Pipeline: Regional Considerations of a Potential Municipal Water Supply Project

An upcoming Texas Water Symposium (download flyer), set for October 21 in San Antonio will take a close look at the SAWS/Vista Ridge pipeline project. The program will feature a conversation about the regional, financial and ecological considerations of the 142-mile pipeline. The Texas Water Symposium is free, open to the public, and will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, in the Main Building of The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1 UTSA Circle,…

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