The Edwards Aquifer: A Valuable Resource We Must Conserve

The Edwards Aquifer: A Valuable Resource We Must Conserve

The story of water and Texas starts right here, some 650 ft. below the surface where you are reading this. That’s the historic average for October of the J-17 well, 658 ft. above sea level, the measure that influences everything related to the Edwards Aquifer. The Edwards Aquifer is one of the most abundant artesian aquifers in the world. It supplies water to more than two million people and thousands of farmers in the region. Spread underneath Southwestern Texas, the Edwards Aquifer…

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Dripping Springs Wastewater Discharge Permit update

Dripping Springs Wastewater Discharge Permit update

  • October 11, 2016
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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of the Dripping Springs application and preliminary decision for TPDES permit for municipal wastewater.  They also set the date and location for the public meeting.  The District submitted supplemental comments on the Dripping Springs draft permit to TCEQ shortly after notice was published. A map of the proposed Dripping Springs TPDES locations, District documents (such as the supplemental comments), and Dripping Springs reference documents can be found on the Dripping Springs Wastewater…

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Hill Country Alliance marks its first decade

Hill Country Alliance marks its first decade

  • October 10, 2016
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Many folks in Gillespie County still have not heard of the Hill Country Alliance, but the group marked its 10th year in existence in advocating for healthy land and waters, dark skies and fostering a community which cares about these things. The group’s footprint covers 17 counties and 17,000 square miles. Last week, the group held its annual meeting to a packed room at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs. Speakers included advocates of all stripes, including lawmakers, CEO of the…

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E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain

E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain

  • October 10, 2016
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In recent years, a growing body of research has documented the psychological and even health benefits of spending time in natural settings, such as forests or parks. This research has shown that people who live in urban areas that feature more trees have better physical health, that nature walks decrease a tendency towards harmful mental “rumination” and much more. None of which comes as a surprise to E.O. Wilson, the famed Harvard biologist and conservationist known for his influential ideas about evolution, the “consilience” of human knowledge and…

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How to help monarch butterflies without accidentally luring them to their deaths

How to help monarch butterflies without accidentally luring them to their deaths

Dara Satterfield has a unique way of looking at Monarch butterflies. She thinks of them as “tiny camels.” “They store up energy to help them through these harsh conditions for a couple months.” says Satterfield, a James Smithson Fellow at the National Zoo in Washington DC. “Flowers in Texas, particularly, fuel monarchs through their winter.” As monarch populations have declined, it’s become popular for people to plant flowers like milkweed in their yards, which encourages them to reproduce. But, recent research shows that…

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Llano River plan gets nod from EPA

Llano River plan gets nod from EPA

Because the Upper Llano River is a healthy ecosystem, the Environmental Protection Agency has accepted a watershed protection plan that will help address future declines in water quality and stream flow, according to a news release. The plan was accepted as it met the agency’s national guidelines for watershed-based plans and effectively outlined a strategy to conserve and protect water quantity and quality in the watershed, according to plan developers. The Texas Water Resources Institute, part of the Texas A&M…

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Emily Warren, Associate Director at Meadows Center, Joins Hill Country Alliance Board of Directors

Emily Warren, Associate Director at Meadows Center, Joins Hill Country Alliance Board of Directors

  • October 7, 2016
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The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is proud to announce that Emily Warren, a water resources expert with more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, recently joined as the newest member to the HCA Board of Directors. Warren is currently the Associate Director for the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, a research and education center dedicated to inspiring leadership and research that ensures clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity.…

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2017 Texas Hill Country Calendar Available for Sale: Photo Contest Winners Announced

2017 Texas Hill Country Calendar Available for Sale: Photo Contest Winners Announced

  • October 3, 2016
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Calendar captures the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the importance of protecting it for future generations  The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) recently released their 10th Texas Hill Country Calendar. Once again, the HCA calendar pairs stunning imagery of incredible Hill Country scenes with important messages about why we must actively work to protect and preserve all that we know and love about this region. The calendar addresses issues including groundwater resource protection, native pollinators, land conservation, land stewardship,…

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival screenings planned for Mason, San Marcos and Fredericksburg

Wild and Scenic Film Festival screenings planned for Mason, San Marcos and Fredericksburg

  • September 28, 2016
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Bee Cave – The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the nation’s premier environmental film festival, is coming to the Texas Hill Country this fall with three screening events the whole family will enjoy. The theme of the festivals will be “Celebrating Hill Country Rivers,” and the featured films will celebrate individuals and communities coming together and taking action for the protection and restoration of our natural resources. October 19th at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets…

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Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Festival to Fly into the Pearl

Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Festival to Fly into the Pearl

  • September 26, 2016
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As the United States’ first official “Monarch Champion City” – a unique designation by the National Wildlife Federation for cities that adopt all of the federation’s 24 recommendations for Monarch conservation – San Antonio will host a fun and educational celebration in honor of the winged insects that travel through the city on their multi-generation migration from Mexico to Canada and back again. The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, which will take place from Oct. 20-22 at the Pearl and the Instituto Cultural de México, will highlight…

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