HCA Director’s Notes – March 2017

HCA Director’s Notes – March 2017

  • March 6, 2017
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As the last cool days of winter seem to be fading from memory, it is a good time to reflect on how 2017 is shaping up in Texas. Spring arrived early this year, and one of the warmest winters on record has our highways popping with color before the first of March. At the Hill Country Alliance, this spring has us focused on the future. How do we steward our ample winter rains for future droughts? How do we plan…

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Judge blocks rule change allowing feral hog poisoning

Judge blocks rule change allowing feral hog poisoning

  • March 3, 2017
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A Texas Department of Agriculture rule change that would have permitted the use of warfarin-laced bait to poison feral hogs is on hold after a state district judge in Austin issued a temporary restraining order Thursday. Wild Boar Meats, a meat processing business, had asked District Judge Jan Soifer to suspend the emergency rules that would allow Kaput Feral Hog Bait to be sold to and used by licensed pesticide applicators. The hogs, which number in the millions in Texas,…

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The Texas Night Sky Festival will shine brightly once again

The Texas Night Sky Festival will shine brightly once again

  • March 1, 2017
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Close to 3,000 people attended the inaugural Festival in 2016. Back for its second year, on March 18, at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., thousands will again come together for a celebration of the starlit skies of Texas. This year, the Texas Night Sky Festival® will feature more activities, more booths and more speakers and entertainers for people of all ages. Families won’t want to miss going inside one of the two mobile planetariums,…

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BU and CGMF collaborate on innovative, long-term Texas water management project

BU and CGMF collaborate on innovative, long-term Texas water management project

  • March 1, 2017
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Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF) announced the funding and pursuit of a series of studies with the goal of assessing how siloed municipal water agencies in the state of Texas can transition to an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) model. The structure would increase water use efficiency in urban environments, revitalize aging infrastructure, and preserve freshwater inflow to the major bays and estuaries along the Texas Gulf Coast. ISE’s work…

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The Hill Country Alliance’s 11th annual photo contest kicks off March 1

The Hill Country Alliance’s 11th annual photo contest kicks off March 1

  • March 1, 2017
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Capturing Conservation: The Land, Water, and Spirit of the Texas Hill Country –  The Texas Hill Country is a unique region of pristine springs, sprawling landscapes, diverse wildlife, star-filled skies, historic towns and hidden oases. With a rapidly growing population and increasing development coming into the region, many of these special qualities are at risk of being lost forever. For their 11th annual photography contest, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) asks photographers to take out their cameras and capture what…

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