Fredericksburg peaches are ready — earlier than ever

Fredericksburg peaches are ready — earlier than ever

We usually think of peaches in summer, but here in Central Texas, we know that “summer” starts earlier than everywhere else. And this year, summer has started even earlier for the Fredericksburg peach growers. According to TexasPeaches.com, last weekend was officially the opening weekend for the famed Gillespie County crop, which has slowly been replaced by wineries as the primary reason tourists visit the regional west of Austin… Read more from Austin 360 Learn more and stay up to date with…

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Dozens Caught in Land Rights Fight Over Trans-Pecos Pipeline

Dozens Caught in Land Rights Fight Over Trans-Pecos Pipeline

James Spriggs, a 70-year-old west Texas rancher, is dealing with what he calls a lose-lose situation. Spriggs owns a 4,400-acre ranch south of Marfa and is one of about 45 landowners in the Big Bend region recently slapped with a condemnation lawsuit by Energy Transfer Partners, a Dallas company looking to build a 143-mile pipeline from Texas into Mexico. Once constructed, the Trans-Pecos pipeline would move natural gas from the Permian Basin to Mexico, crossing some of the last remaining…

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New Native Pollinator Management Guidelines Available for Landowners Working to Achieve Wildlife Tax Valuation

New Native Pollinator Management Guidelines Available for Landowners Working to Achieve Wildlife Tax Valuation

Protecting native insect pollinators on private property now comes with new benefits for landowners. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Nongame and Rare Species Program developed new guidelines for landowners to develop wildlife management plans for their properties. If a landowner’s property is currently evaluated under an Agricultural Tax Valuation, they may qualify for an Agricultural Tax Appraisal based on Wildlife Management Use if they follow the new guidelines to protect and support native pollinators. Because more than 95 percent…

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San Antonio Plots Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan

San Antonio Plots Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan

When San Antonio became the first Monarch Butterfly Champion City in December, people in the conservation community outside the city limits took notice. Mayor Ivy Taylor was the first mayor in the country to commit to all 24 recommendations on the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge action item list to increase Monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat in the country. Being first counts for something, even as mayors in at least 99 other cities have joined the Pledge. Since December, the mayor’s commitment…

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Texas Water Development Board executive to head Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

The top executive of the state agency in charge of water planning across Texas will step down to lead the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. The GBRA’s board of directors approved Texas Water Development Board executive administrator Kevin Patteson to take over the job held by general manager W.E. “Bill” West Jr., on May 2. West said he will continue to work for the GBRA until September to help with the transition. “We’re going to work hard and we’re going to have…

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Healthy Creeks Initiative Launched in Pedernales and Blanco Basins

Healthy Creeks Initiative Launched in Pedernales and Blanco Basins

A partnership between the Hill Country Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, TPWD and local stakeholders is seeking to address the issue of invasive species and other threats to our Hill Country rivers and streams. A recent workshop kicked off the partnership and provided an opportunity for landowners in the Pedernales to learn more about opportunities to participate. For more information, email healthycreeks@tpwd.texas.gov. More from Fox San Antonio

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SAWS stores record amount of water, desal plant nears completion

The San Antonio Water System reached a milestone last week when it announced that their Aquifer Storage and Recovery Facility (ASR) in southern Bexar County reached a record 100,000 acre feet of water. “Nobody else is doing what we’re doing,” ASR Plant Manager Robert Macias said. The state-of-the-art facility continues to surprise people in its ability to store water and now engineers believe it may be able to hold twice as much. It leads the country in that regard. As…

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The Q&A: Steve Young

With each issue, Trib+Water brings you an interview with experts on water-related issues. Here is this week’s subject: Steve Young is a principal geoscientist at Intera, a geoscience and engineering consulting firm in Austin. Young focuses on groundwater issues and how to solve them. Trib+Water: There was an article in the San Antonio Express-News that said you were at a symposium asking if there is enough water to support Central Texas. Is there enough water to support Central Texas? Steve…

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