HCA board member Kathleen Tobin Krueger to take over Edwards Aquifer Authority board seat

HCA board member Kathleen Tobin Krueger to take over Edwards Aquifer Authority board seat

  • August 16, 2017
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Dalondo Moultrie | Herald-Zeitung | New Braunfels resident Kathleen Tobin Krueger, a former mayor pro tem, was scheduled yesterday to be appointed to a vacated seat on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors. Krueger is taking over for Craig Massouh, who was appointed to the board in 2012 and subsequently elected the same year. She said her appointment to Massouh’s unexpired term ends in November 2018, when an election will be held for the seat. “My personal history in…

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Abbott signs bill limiting annexation powers of cities

Abbott signs bill limiting annexation powers of cities

  • August 15, 2017
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Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 6, which requires cities in large counties to receive voter approval before annexing new areas, one of his top 20 priorities for the special legislative session. “I’m proud to sign legislation ending forced annexation practices, which is nothing more than a form of taxation without representation, and I thank the Legislature for their attention to this important issue during the special session,” Abbott said in a statement Tuesday. Abbott’s signature was…

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In South Texas, Threat of Border Wall Unites Naturalists and Politicians

In South Texas, Threat of Border Wall Unites Naturalists and Politicians

  • August 13, 2017
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Last month, Marianna Wright, the executive director of the privately owned National Butterfly Center here, discovered survey stakes on the property marking out a 150-foot-wide swath of land. Ms. Wright later encountered a work crew cutting down trees and brush along a road through the center. The workers said they had been hired by United States Customs and Border Protection to clear the land. “You mean my land?” Ms. Wright asked, before kicking them out… Read more from the New York Times

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Infill Development Could Make or Break San Antonio

Infill Development Could Make or Break San Antonio

  • August 13, 2017
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San Antonio is changing. Just a few years ago the city saw the odd infill project here and there among the rehabs of historic homes in King William or Monte Vista. These days, infill projects are everywhere in the collar neighborhoods – the ring of historic streetcar suburbs around downtown. Lavaca, Dignowity Hill, and Tobin Hill have experienced the greatest price-point pressure, but it’s ubiquitous – Mahncke Park, Beacon Hill, Government Hill, River Road, Lone Star, Westfort, Roosevelt, and Alta…

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Volunteers clean up South Llano River

Volunteers clean up South Llano River

  • August 10, 2017
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On Friday, August 4th intrepid volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist Program met with the Llano River Watershed Alliance, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Hill Country Alliance to clean up a portion of the South Llano River south of Junction, Texas. They started at the County Road 150 river crossing, a site that is part of TPWD’s River Access and Conservation Areas (RACA) program. At this and two other river crossings, volunteers picked up trash and broadcast a…

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150K gallons of wastewater spills in Llano due to flash flooding

150K gallons of wastewater spills in Llano due to flash flooding

  • August 9, 2017
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Around 150,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into Oatman Creek, about 150 yards from the Llano River. The wastewater spilled from the city’s wastewater collection system starting around 7 a.m. Monday. At around 4 p.m. Tuesday, crews diverted the wastewater into a temporary holding tank and shut down the damaged sewer line leaking into the creek. Once water levels are down, crews will be able to gain access to the damaged pipe and make permanent repairs. The Texas Commission on Environmental…

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Invasive cane continues to plague land on creeks

Invasive cane continues to plague land on creeks

  • August 7, 2017
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Two years have passed since the attempt to eradicate Arundo donax began and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) continues to try to get landowners involved. Arundo, also known as giant river cane, is an invasive plant that can grow up to 30 feet tall, take up a lot of space, use a massive amount of water and threaten the native fish and habitat. The plant is a nuisance for some and takes time to destroy… Read more from…

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Groundwater withdrawals may be the cause of disappearing streams in the mid-west (and here!)

Groundwater withdrawals may be the cause of disappearing streams in the mid-west (and here!)

Keith Gido, professor of biology, and Josh Perkin, a Kansas State University alumnus, recently published “Groundwater declines are linked to changes in Great Plains stream fish assemblages” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research maps the loss of stream habitat for many small fish in the Great Plains region and attributes it to declining groundwater sources. “This is one of the first examples that links groundwater depletion to changes in the biotic communities of the river,” Gido…

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Volunteers improve creek-side habitat at Fort Mason City Park

Volunteers improve creek-side habitat at Fort Mason City Park

  • August 2, 2017
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If you have walked along the nature trail at Fort Mason City Park recently, you may have noticed something new. Something pink. Last week, volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist Program joined staff from Fort Mason City Park and the Hill Country Alliance to discuss the adverse impacts of non-native, invasive plants to the local ecology, economy, and public safety. Following this discussion, volunteers set out along the nature trail to inventory the Chinaberry tree, an invasive tree that is…

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Is Susan Combs caught in a Washington-style power play?

Is Susan Combs caught in a Washington-style power play?

  • August 2, 2017
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Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs all but had her bags packed last week for a new top post in the U.S. Interior Department. Then, her path to Washington hit a speed bump. Combs, nominated to be an assistant secretary at the Interior Department, was up for a vote by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last Thursday when the meeting was abruptly canceled less than 24 hours before it was to be held. Leading up to that postponement was a…

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