Public participation encouraged in groundwater management process

Public participation encouraged in groundwater management process

Every five years the general public has the opportunity to weigh in on the Desired Future Condition (DFC) of our aquifers. Regional Groundwater Management Areas (GMAs) are in the process of determining management goals for Hill Country aquifers. Currently the Trinity Aquifer is being managed towards an average thirty-foot level drop over the next 50-years. HCA is one of many groups that will submit public comments asking that our Hill Country aquifers be managed in such a way that springs…

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Celebrating Aldo Leopold’s 129th Birthday

January 11 … It’s the birthday of writer and ecologist Aldo Leopold (books by this author), born in Burlington, Iowa (1887). Aldo grew up in a big, prosperous family, and lived on a 300-acre estate with a lot of his relatives. The whole family spoke German together and worked in the gardens and orchards, where he learned about plants and soil. He went hunting with his dad and bird-watching with his grandfather. While he was studying at Yale, he practiced…

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Encourage the next generation of environmental Stewards!

Encourage the next generation of environmental Stewards!

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center Empowers New Environmental Leaders Nonprofit Group Announces 2016 Regional Legacy Camp at Shield Ranch Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center through the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) is partnering with the Children & Nature Network, El Ranchito Summer Camp, and the Shield Ranch to pilot a Regional Legacy Camp to help inspire and empower the next generation of environmental leaders in Austin. These Natural Leaders (18 -29 years of age) trained in Austin will be part…

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Texas Land Use: A Comprehensive Land Resource Management Study

Texas Land Use: A Comprehensive Land Resource Management Study

In 1973, during the administration of Governor Dolph Briscoe, the Governor’s Office authorized a comprehensive study of land resource management in Texas. At that time, as described in the forward to the study, our state was beginning to face “certain land use problems similar to those which have been experienced by older, more densely populated and heavily industrialized sections of the country.” The population of Texas then was 12 million, less than half of what it is today. The resulting nine volume study, available for download below, is…

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