Rehabilitation of Herff Homestead in Boerne Receives 2016 Honor Award

Rehabilitation of Herff Homestead in Boerne Receives 2016 Honor Award

Preservation Texas, Inc. has announced that the rehabilitation of the Herff Homestead in Boerne, Texas, will receive a 2016 Honor Award on February 18, 2016.  The Honor Award will be presented at a special ceremony at the historic State Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin as part of the Preservation Texas 2016 Summit. One of Preservation Texas’ Most Endangered Places in 2010, the Herff Homestead has been carefully restored through the efforts of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, an…

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The Stars At Night are big and bright—and ready for their close-up

The Stars At Night are big and bright—and ready for their close-up

  • February 17, 2016
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Texas is full of wide-open spaces perfect for gazing at the night sky. This month, five planets will line up and be visible to the naked eye for the first time in decade. Check out some of the best places in Texas to view the night sky and learn about star gazing events from Texas Monthly. Also, don’t miss next month’s Texas Night Sky Festival in Dripping Springs.  

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USDA announces $6 million for monarch program

USDA announces $6 million for monarch program

Thousands of acres of private land across Texas and eight Midwestern and Plains states could become better habitat for vulnerable monarch butterflies, thanks to a federal grant program. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials Friday announced $720 million in funding for 84 projects across the U.S., including $6 million for monarch butterfly preservation in Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The iconic butterfly’s population has dropped from an estimated high of about 1 billion 20 years ago…

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Some City Council members want say on pipeline contract revision

Some City Council members want say on pipeline contract revision

  • February 15, 2016
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The City Council is divided over whether the San Antonio Water System should allow the company planning to build a water pipeline from Burleson County to sell most of its stake in the project without council approval. District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is leading a group of council members that says the SAWS board of trustees should not unilaterally amend the Vista Ridge contract. On Wednesday, Nirenberg filed a formal request that the council review the subject, following news that…

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Proposed Texas Water Grid to Share Water Statewide

Proposed Texas Water Grid to Share Water Statewide

“In order to have a sustainable Texas—both the economy and the supporting environment— we must realize that  water is in a special category. If we overbuild or overuse our water resources or pollute them too badly, there are NO substitutes. Research this matter and think about it. Have we maxed out our water conservation efforts in every city, in every town, for every water-using industry and on every irrigated farm? Has every alternate option been considered, planned and put to use? Those options might be: rainwater harvesting, efficient ag and urban irrigation, groundwater desalination, wastewater…

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Expert: Vista Ridge/Abengoa generates plenty of intrigue

It started out, by most accounts, as a good business deal. “The return was estimated to be upwards of 12 percent over a 30-year period, so this was a pretty fantastic project,” said David Vequist, a professor of management at the University of the Incarnate Word of the Vista Ridge project. Vequist has closely studied the business deal between the San Antonio Water System and the Spanish company Abengoa. The two entities began negotiations in 2011 and eventually came together…

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What’s under Texas? A LOT of brackish groundwater!

Resting under Texas, there is more than 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish groundwater in the state’s minor and major aquifers. To put that into perspective, the total conservation capacity (water supply) for reservoirs monitored by the Texas Water Development Board (TWBD) is 31.3 million acre-feet. That means there is nearly 90 times as much brackish groundwater residing under the state than what would be currently available through our state’s reservoirs if they were all full. While we know there is…

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Tomorrow: Growth is focus for local forum

Tomorrow: Growth is focus for local forum

February 18th, the League of Women Voters will be holding a forum to present the findings of the just-released study “Toward a Regional Plan for the Texas Hill Country,” which was done by the University of Texas School of Architecture. The study focuses on ways of dealing with growth in the Hill Country. The forum will be at 6pm at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library. Learn more below:   By Greg Bowen | The Herald-Zeitung | The League of Women Voters is planning…

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The Hill Country Studio wins Groundwater Stewardship Award from BSEACD

Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) has named Hill Country Studio a 2015 Groundwater Stewardship Award winner for their comprehensive report “Toward a Regional Plan for the Texas Hill Country.” “The Hill Country Studio addressed regional challenges the Hill Country faces in the near future. Through a comprehensive report, the research team tactfully documented stresses, identified beneficial regional-scale management strategies, and proposed solutions.  The report has fuelled informed discussions by bipartisan groups throughout the Hill Country.” Learn more from…

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With a rush for water, experts debate what will happen to aquifers

With a rush for water, experts debate what will happen to aquifers

Four groundwater scientists grappled with some big questions about the aquifer in Central Texas expected to be tapped to supply fast-growing San Antonio and Austin. A water symposium at Texas State University on Thursday addressed the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, a layer of sand deposited 50 to 60 million years ago. This geological layer extends along most of the Gulf Coast, but many experts think the most water-rich part is in Burleson and Milam counties east of Austin. Three huge water-supply projects…

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