Are There Any Lingering Drought Effects in Texas?

Are There Any Lingering Drought Effects in Texas?

Micke Mecke | Ranch & Rural Living | Most of Texas has been blessed with average or above average rainfall for the past year or more! It is not uncommon to hear your TV weather folks say “The drought in Texas is over,” and often that is echoed in the local coffee shops or by groups of weathered ranchers talking happily about the latest rain. But, looking back at the number of drought years and exceptionally hot years we have had in the past seven or eight years, I have…

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Conference presentations from “Planning for Growth in Comal County”

Conference presentations from “Planning for Growth in Comal County”

Scientists, engineers, conservationist, and planners recently came together in New Braunfels for the two-day “Planning for Growth in Comal County” conference. The wide range of topics discussed included growth, public lands, watershed protection, and land conservation. Learn more about the conference here. View presentations from the conference here    

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Act today to protect and preserve rural Texas lands

Act today to protect and preserve rural Texas lands

It’s the beginning of another legislative session, and while water may not be top of the agenda, we’re never off the hook. Someday, this state will face another serious drought. Through its regional planning process, Texas is far ahead of most other states when it comes to providing for future water needs. Overlooked in the process, however, is the role of private land conservation — and the need to protect the land where the rain falls. Through the No Land…

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Ecology and the Land Steward

Ecology and the Land Steward

All landowners are practicing ecologists, whether they realize it or not. Ecology is not about hugging trees, environmental activism or even the love of nature. Ecology is the study of the interrelationships between and among all parts of the environment. These parts include the soil, water, plants, animals and atmosphere in all of their diverse forms. Ecology is a science—not an emotional endeavor. And of course, we know that ecology includes human beings. People have great influence over these interrelationships.…

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Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court

Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court

Attorneys for the states of New Mexico and Texas learned yesterday that a lawsuit over the waters of the Rio Grande will head to the U.S. Supreme Court. For New Mexico, a lot is at stake. Though Texas also named Colorado in the suit, its real target is New Mexico. Texas alleges that by allowing farmers in southern New Mexico to pump groundwater connected to the river, the state is unfairly taking water from the Rio Grande that, under the 1938…

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Perceptions of Groundwater Survey

Perceptions of Groundwater Survey

  • February 7, 2017
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The Perceptions of Groundwater Survey is supported by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Dr. Joni Charles, an Associate Professor of Economics at Texas State University, is conducting a research study to assess public perceptions of groundwater and groundwater management.  The long-term abundance and quality of groundwater depends on the perceptions, knowledge and actions by residents of the watershed, and on actions taken to protect its groundwater.  You are being asked to complete this survey because you are…

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‘A Conservative Climate Solution’: Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax

‘A Conservative Climate Solution’: Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax

  • February 7, 2017
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A group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change. The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury, says that taxing carbon pollution produced by burning fossil fuels is “a conservative climate solution” based on free-market principles. Mr. Baker is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with White House officials,…

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U.S. News & World Report names Austin best place to live in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report names Austin best place to live in U.S.

  • February 7, 2017
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A report confirms what many already know: Austin is the best place to live in the U.S., knocking Denver from the top spot in 2017. U.S. News & World Report surveyed people nationwide to find out what they consider important in a hometown. They then took those categories and saw what each city had to offer. Denver came in second in the 2017 rankings behind Austin. Both have lower than average crime rates, both offer a better value than similarly…

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Rainwater Harvesting Tax Break Bill Filed in Austin

Rainwater Harvesting Tax Break Bill Filed in Austin

  • February 2, 2017
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State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has introduced a bill that could offer a tax break to homeowners with rainwater harvesting systems. The bill, HB 1334, allows the governing body of a taxing unit to exempt from taxation the portion of appraised value of a property attributable to the installation of a rainwater harvesting system. Rainwater harvesting systems capture and hold rain that falls on rooftops and other surfaces. The water can be used for gardening and lawns… Read more…

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Austin approves review of Dripping Springs permit

Austin approves review of Dripping Springs permit

  • February 1, 2017
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Preliminary findings from Austin’s evaluation of Dripping Springs’ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)  draft permit shows  the city “meets the criteria” for its beneficial reuse program. The city of Austin evaluated “potential impacts on the qualify of water in Onion Creek” in its review of DS’s TCEQ permit request and beneficial reuse program, according to a press release sent out late Tuesday. The update extends to the ongoing conversations Dripping Springs city officials have had with Austin regarding its controversial…

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