Austin Water Proposing permanent once-per-week watering restrictions

Austin Water Proposing permanent once-per-week watering restrictions

  • November 18, 2015
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“Building on lessons learned during the drought, Austin Water is proposing to move to a permanent once-per-week watering schedule. Watering restrictions are our biggest water savings measure and the one-day-per-week restrictions, along with positive community response, were critical in keeping the Highland Lakes above emergency levels during the worst parts of the drought.”  Austin is seeking public input, a community meeting will be held December 2nd   Building on lessons learned during the drought, Austin Water is proposing to move…

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Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? Who’s calling for it?

Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? Who’s calling for it?

Thursday the San Antonio City Council will vote on a new SAWS rate structure being proposed in part to pay for Vista Ridge. “The controversial Vista Ridge water pipeline, if completed, will pump 50,000 acre-feet/year of Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer groundwater from a well field located in Burleson County.” Curtis Chubb takes a hard look while San Antonio’s largest business group is backing water rate increase. Commentary: Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? November 16, 2015 by Curtis Chubb, The Rivard Report The…

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America’s $900 Million Parks Problem

America’s $900 Million Parks Problem

  • November 16, 2015
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At the end of September, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has supported the creation and maintenance of greenways, trails and other outdoor spaces across the U.S. since its inception in the ’60s, expired. LWCF helps along everything from national parks to community ball fields, and with no definitive word yet on Congressional reauthorization, parks advocates are concerned. While offshore drilling generates $900 million annually for the fund (per the program’s set-up, taxpayer money isn’t used), Congress has often…

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Registration NOW OPEN for the 2016 Texas Land Conservation Conference

Registration NOW OPEN for the 2016 Texas Land Conservation Conference

The Texas Land Trust Council is excited to celebrate a milestone, the 20th Anniversary of the Texas Land Trust Conference is set for March 2 – 4, 2016 in Austin. This is an excellent program for everyone interested in land and water conservation in Texas, personally or professionally. Session topics and a schedule-at-a-glance are now available online as well as information about sponsoring and/or exhibiting   www.texaslandconservationconference.org  

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Saltcedar not the suck-up it once was thought to be

Saltcedar not the suck-up it once was thought to be

FORT STOCKTON — Saltcedar, an introduced species choking many Texas waterways, long has been a prime suspect in dwindling streamflows, but a Texas A&M AgriLife team has found that Tamarix, the plant in question, may have been accused falsely of that specific crime. Alyson McDonald, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist in Fort Stockton, said saltcedar probably was introduced into the U.S. as an ornamental shrub and windbreak plant in the early 1800s. The tree, any of several species…

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Public Hearing and Council Agenda item about San Antonio’s water policy Thursday evening

Public Hearing and Council Agenda item about San Antonio’s water policy Thursday evening

  • November 11, 2015
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San Antonio City Council will discuss the findings of the highly publicized water policy report this Thursday November the 12th during City Council which begins at 9am. Agenda item number four will be a briefing on the San Antonio Water Policy Study commissioned by the city to study the various aspects of the city’s future water planning and policy including the Vista Ridge project. A public hearing will begin at 6pm on that same report.  The public may register to…

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National Retailers Initiate #OptOutside Campaign

National Retailers Initiate #OptOutside Campaign

  • November 9, 2015
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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and with it comes one of the busiest shopping days of the year- Black Friday. This year, several national retailers have decided to close on the Friday following Thanksgiving and are encouraging shoppers to “opt outside” instead of cramming into shopping aisles. REI is one such retailer, and the hashtag #optoutside is making its way through social media sites. If you’re interested in trading in crowded malls for the great outdoors, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife…

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The Rain Barrel Art Auction has been extended to December 1

The Rain Barrel Art Auction has been extended to December 1

  • November 8, 2015
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There is still time to get your bid in for your favorite artist-painted rain barrel. The Rain Barrel Art auction has been extended until December 1st!  Beautify your garden with a one-of-a-kind artist-painted rain barrel and help raise funds for Hill Country Schools. Winning bids fund grants to Hill Country Schools to be used toward rainwater harvesting projects and water conservation education. To learn more about the grant program and past award recipients click here. Place your bid here: www.rainbarrelauction.com 

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Settlement reached in Wimberley wastewater discharge permit application

Settlement reached in Wimberley wastewater discharge permit application

  • November 8, 2015
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On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the City of Wimberley, the Blanco River Cypress Creek Water Association, the Paradise Valley Property Owners Association, Rocky River Ranch, and KKP3237, LLC reached a settlement agreement in the contested proceeding on the City’s proposed wastewater discharge permit application pending before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  With the settlement, the parties will be able to dismiss the case, allowing the City to move forward with financing and constructing the proposed wastewater treatment plant and…

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An Evening of Art and Science, November 14 in Johnson City

An Evening of Art and Science, November 14 in Johnson City

  • November 8, 2015
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If you’ve been wanting to check out the Hill Country Science Mill – Saturday is a great opportunity! The Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City invites you to “An Evening of Art and Science,” November 14 from 6:30-9:30 pm.  A one of the features of the event will be the grand opening of their newest installment, a old 40-foot grain silo transformed into an art installation of beauty and wonder. Be among the first to experience “Silo of McKays,” an…

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