UBarU Camp and Retreat Center Named Dark Sky Park

UBarU Camp and Retreat Center Named Dark Sky Park

  • November 7, 2015
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The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has named the UBarU Camp and Retreat Center in Texas an International Dark Sky Park. “The designation of UBarU is another great stride forward in the protection of dark skies in the Texas Hill County,” said IDA Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend. “The new Dark Sky Park also demonstrates a new model for night sky protection by working with a private foundation to achieve a common goal.”  UBarU is a 57.5-hectare (142-acre) property in southwest…

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Mason Residents Resist Unwelcome Wind Project

Mason Residents Resist Unwelcome Wind Project

  • November 6, 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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Highly Anticipated Water Report Released

Highly Anticipated Water Report Released

City officials, community leaders, and any interested citizen can now download the final version of a controversial Water Policy Report from the Texas A&M University’s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources that analyzes projects and policies related to water supply and water security for the City of San Antonio and City of Fair Oaks. Click here to download the report, which was released Thursday afternoon on the IRNR and City websites. “I’m pleased that the analyses are now made public, fully, and…

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Texas Water Symposium: Stories about Water, November 12 in Kerrville

Texas Water Symposium: Stories about Water, November 12 in Kerrville

  • November 5, 2015
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Join us November 12 at Schreiner University for the next Texas Water Symposium. The topic of this very special water symposium will be Stories about Water: Narratives that Remind us of our Personal and Collective Connections to Water. The symposium will be moderated by Dr. Charlie McCormick, Provost & Folklore Scholar at Schreiner University with stories told by Dr. David Tailor of Stony Brook University, Dr. Fred Stevens of Schreiner University and Joe Herring, Jr., Columnist and Hill Country historian.…

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The 6th Annual Rainwater Revival is this Saturday – Rain or Shine!

The 6th Annual Rainwater Revival is this Saturday – Rain or Shine!

  • November 4, 2015
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The Rainwater Revival is back in Dripping Springs for its 6th anniversary to be held on Saturday, Nov 7, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. The popular, annual event is part festival, part educational series, and always a celebration of the ease, sweet taste, and wisdom of harvesting rainwater. The free, daylong event features a main stage where rain harvesting experts and practitioners will speak throughout the day. Speakers include Richard Heinichen, Mayor of Tank Town, John Dromgoole, The Natural Gardener, and…

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Art Barrel Auction Goes Online for Good Cause

Art Barrel Auction Goes Online for Good Cause

  • November 2, 2015
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Artists from around the Hill Country have once again donated their time and talent turning 55-gallon drums into beautiful functional works of art for the 2015 Rainwater Revival and the Hill Country Alliance’s School Grant Program. Starting on November 1, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is conducting an online auction of four “art barrels” with all proceeds funding grants to local schools for rainwater harvesting projects and water conservation education. The online auction can be accessed at: www.rainbarrelauction.com. The one-of-a-kind…

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Transit planning in San Antonio, let your voice be heard

Transit planning in San Antonio, let your voice be heard

  • November 1, 2015
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VIA Metropolitan Transit is requesting public input as they create their Vision 2040 Long Range Plan Update for the Greater San Antonio Area. The next phase of Vision 2040 is to analyze transportation corridors throughout the region to identify which are most appropriate for future transit investments. Let your voice be heard. Take a short online survey and share your vision for the future of San Antonio’s transit system.

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SOSHCE Annual Meeting: Updates on industrial wind and transmission developments

SOSHCE Annual Meeting: Updates on industrial wind and transmission developments

  • November 1, 2015
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The Save our Scenic Hill Country Environment (SOSHCE)  Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7 pm in the Central Texas Electric Co-op Community Room at 386 Friendship Lane in Fredericksburg. The featured presentations will provide updates on industrial wind and transmission developments. The presentations will be preceded by a brief business meeting which will include the election of six Directors to fill expiring positions. The meeting will be open to the public. The presentations…

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Exciting things happening at Westcave Preserve

Exciting things happening at Westcave Preserve

  Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center will soon be connecting more children with nature with their soon-to-be unveiled Roadrunner Outdoor Adventures Bus. Thanks to the support of Impact Austin and a successful Indiegogo campaign, more than 7,500 school kids will discover the wonders of nature over the next two years. In addition to their weekday school tours, Westcave offers guided tours of their stunning grotto each weekend and hosts monthly star parties where astronomers will be on hand to share their telescopes…

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Eminent Domain – Changing the Landscape

Eminent Domain – Changing the Landscape

  • October 31, 2015
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“Texas is growing and changing,” said Greg Simons, president of the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA). “More people mean more demands for all types of infrastructure – roads, transmission lines, pipelines, reservoirs, schools and on and on. It all has to go somewhere. In Texas more than 90 percent of the land is privately owned, so in most cases private landowners have to bear the burden.” Eminent domain is nothing new. Some claim that the earliest known use of eminent domain…

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