TWDB to hold hearing on emergency flood funding

TWDB to hold hearing on emergency flood funding

  • December 7, 2015
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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss the utilization of emergency flood funding recently transferred to the TWDB at the direction of Governor Greg Abbott.   The hearing will be held on December 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., in room E1.012 of the Texas Capitol. In November, Governor Abbott authorized the transfer of $6.8 million from the Disaster Contingency Account to the TWDB for the development of a high-tech network of stream gages and…

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Conservation Easement Workshop Presentations

The October 23rd Conservation Easement Workshop in Johnson City was a great success. Thank you to the Hill Country Land Trust, our wonderful sponsors and all who participated. Speaker presentations from the event are available below. Subscribe to HCA’s newsletter for updates on upcoming Conservation Easement Workshops here. Presentations: Protecting Texas with Conservation Easements – Burgess Jackson, Land Conservation Law The Role of Land Trusts – Frank Davis, Hill Country Conservancy Planning with Conservation Easements – Thomas Hall, Braun &…

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Zero Runoff Should Be Our Goal

Zero Runoff Should Be Our Goal

  • December 3, 2015
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“Water is a precious resource and yet we allow it to flow away.  In fact, in many cases we actually encourage it to go down the drain!  We have done an amazing job of drilling, piping, and moving water to accommodate our desired lifestyle.” Read more from these rainwater harvesting enthusiasts, our neighbors in Santa Fe; HarvestH2O…. Zero Runoff Should Be Our Goal by Doug Pushard Water is one of our most precious resources. Studies show that without drinking water…

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What we can learn from Foodies

What we can learn from Foodies

  • December 2, 2015
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“The sustainable food movement contains lessons that could apply to many other social movements.” This story featured in Next City is titled “What Urbanists Can Learn From Foodies” but anyone with an eye on shifting our culture to more healthy practices for the long-term can benefit from these strategies. Read more from Next City 

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Green Spaces Alliance Hires New Executive Director

Green Spaces Alliance Hires New Executive Director

  • December 1, 2015
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Gail Gallegos has been selected as the next Executive Director of Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. With thirteen years of experience in the Natural Areas division of San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department, Gail has overseen the design, development and management of several large natural area parks and properties.  Initially at Friedrich Wilderness Park, she was promoted to open and develop Medina River Natural Area, the first natural area on the city’s south side, and the only one with…

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Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Named International Dark Sky Community

Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Named International Dark Sky Community

  • November 30, 2015
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In recognition of its exemplary efforts to preserve its naturally dark nighttime conditions, the International Dark-Sky Association announced today that it has designated the City of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, as an International Dark Sky Community. The city is only the eighth Dark Sky Community ever named in the United States, and it joins the City of Dripping Springs as the second International Dark Sky Community in Texas. Along with two nearby International Dark Sky Parks, the area boasts one of…

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San Antonio City Council Approves New Water Rate Structure

San Antonio City Council Approves New Water Rate Structure

City Council has unanimously approved increased water rates and rate structure, a strong display of confidence in the water utility’s ongoing efforts to diversify the city’s water supply and to encourage greater water conservation. The recent vote follows two years of study, deliberation, and debate over the city’s long-range water future and the Council’s unanimous vote in October 2014 to endorse the $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water project. Starting in 2016, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) will add four new usage and…

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SWIFT round two application period to open on Dec. 1

The Texas Water Development Board will open the application period for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) financial assistance program on December 1, 2015. This will be the second round of financial assistance made available through the SWIFT program. “The second round of SWIFT financial assistance is an important milestone for the TWDB and the state,” said TWDB Board Chairman Bech Bruun. “Thanks to the hard work of the TWDB staff and water entities around the state, demand…

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Rally to save the trees of Oak Hill, this Saturday

Rally to save the trees of Oak Hill, this Saturday

  • November 19, 2015
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Oak Hill, Austin, TX: More than two hundred great oak trees stand to be damaged or lost if TxDOT moves ahead with the Oak Hill Parkway project as currently designed. An independent tree survey by Oak Hill resident Gerry Powell has documented and photographed 288 oak trees in the path of proposed expansion of US 290 West and SH 71 along Williamson Creek. Save Oak Hill, a grassroots group that formed out of concern for the rapid loss of treasured…

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New study maps Earth’s hidden groundwater for the first time

New study maps Earth’s hidden groundwater for the first time

A new study has, for the first time, estimated the total volume of groundwater present on the Earth. The results show that we’re using up the water supply quicker than it can be naturally replaced, while future research will seek to determine exactly how long it will be until modern groundwater runs dry. Groundwater is an extremely precious resource, being a key source of sustenance for humanity and the ecosystems we inhabit. It resides beneath the Earth’s surface, ranges from…

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