Dreamcatcher Ranch won’t be developed

Dreamcatcher Ranch won’t be developed

Dreamcatcher Ranch, a key piece of the San Marcos River watershed upstream of Spring Lake, has been preserved in perpetuity with a conservation easement. The easement was completed this month by the San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF) and the landowners, Karen and Don Meador, with the Guadalupe Blanco River Trust (GBRT). In addition to a generous donation by the Meadors, the funds to accomplish this were awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) through…

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Creek health demands action

Creek health demands action

A stream of problems with aquatic invasive species was the topic at the Hill Country University Center last Thursday during the final Texas Water Symposium of the 2016-2017 series. The free symposium — a partnership project of Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance — considered potential costs of invasive species to native wildlife and infrastructure, approaching threats, and the most effective ways for Hill Country boaters, ranchers and landowners to protect waterways. “Invasions…

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Texas Lone Star Land Stewards Recipients Named, Hill Country Landowners Kim Bergman and Pam Mabry Bergman Honored

Texas Lone Star Land Stewards Recipients Named, Hill Country Landowners Kim Bergman and Pam Mabry Bergman Honored

AUSTIN – They restore vital woods and waters, help bring back diverse wildlife ranging from rare species to popular game animals, share their knowledge with neighbors, and open their gates to youth groups and researchers. They are recipients of the 2017 Lone Star Land Steward Awards, bestowed each year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the nonprofit Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. On May 18 at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, award recipients representing six ecologically diverse…

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Conservation, Not Growth, Should Guide Water Restrictions

Conservation, Not Growth, Should Guide Water Restrictions

The recent City Council kerfuffle over year-round watering restrictions should not be the end of the matter. The current San Antonio Water System rate structure encourages wasting water by subsidizing large water users. This amounts to a tax on ordinary people to pay for water projects that do not benefit them. A close look at residential water use and the rate structure shows that SAWS is going down the wrong road. Outdoor water use accounts for about one-third of SAWS’ water…

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Arundo Management Meet and Greet BBQ planned for May 7th

Arundo Management Meet and Greet BBQ planned for May 7th

On Sunday, May 7th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Frantzen Park, community members can learn about non-native, invasive plants that are encroaching Hill Country river banks and threatening native ecosystems. Join local landowners, staff from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Hill Country Alliance for BBQ, an afternoon of learning, and planting a few native cypress seedlings along the creek after dinner. Download flyer Arundo donax, also commonly called giant reed or carrizo cane, is a highly…

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HB 4122 Final Committee Substitute

HB 4122 Final Committee Substitute

On Thursday, April 27th, the House Natural Resources Committee passed House Bill 4122 out of Committee at a formal meeting at Chairman Larson’s desk on the House floor. The introduced version of this bill allowed a landowner with 1,000 acres or more and within the jurisdiction of two or more groundwater conservation districts to petition the districts to transfer into one district if the districts agree to the transfer. After the hearing, in which many landowners testified against the bill,…

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Beginning of Water Conservation Period

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Water Conservation Period starts Monday, May 1st and extends through the end of September— the time when water use is at its peak. Since January 2016, groundwater levels in the District have been above drought thresholds. Recent wet weather has helped augment water supplies, but there is still a need to conserve water resources. The last drought proved that surface water and groundwater resources are precious and limited. Water conservation through the summer months…

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