San Marcos City Council votes to apply for $4.4 million loan for preservation of Edwards Aquifer land

San Marcos City Council votes to apply for $4.4 million loan for preservation of Edwards Aquifer land

  • September 20, 2017
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San Marcos City Council on Tuesday voted to apply for a $4.4 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board to preserve an undeveloped stretch of land over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. Mayor John Thomaides was the only dissenting vote, arguing that he did not want to risk adding more expenditures to the city’s already tight budget by potentially funding the land currently owned by the San Marcos River Foundation. “For me, this is not an issue of whether…

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Despite all that undeveloped habitat, Canadian wildlife is in sharp decline

Despite all that undeveloped habitat, Canadian wildlife is in sharp decline

  • September 15, 2017
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It’s with great sympathy and zero schadenfreude that I call attention this morning to Canadian research suggesting that half of that country’s wildlife species have gone into decline since 1970, with population losses averaging an astonishing 83 percent. How that compares with losses in, say, the United States is difficult to say. But the sheer scale of loss may surprise readers who assume that Canada would be immune to such trouble because of a) progressive environmental stewardship and/or b) the…

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School grant opportunities for green infrastructure projects

Nature Works Everywhere and the Nature Conservancy are awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States… Learn more from NatureWorksEverywhere.org

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Directors Notes – September 2017

Directors Notes – September 2017

  • September 14, 2017
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For those of us who work to protect quality of life, it was especially heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast Region last month. We almost certainly have not seen the end of the impacts of this storm, as stories of water contamination, long-term subsidence, and challenges to ranchers’ way of life continue to play out. The impact of Hurricane Harvey will be far-reaching and long lasting. As our community works together to rebuild…

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Rainwater Revival Calls for Grant Applications from Hill Country Schools – Deadline Extended

Rainwater Revival Calls for Grant Applications from Hill Country Schools – Deadline Extended

  • September 12, 2017
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For the seventh consecutive year, the Hill Country Alliance’s Rainwater Revival offers funds to help students learn about rainwater catchment and water conservation. As Texas Hill Country residents and businesses look for ways to conserve water, the Hill Country Alliance’s Rainwater Revival School Grant Program lends a helping hand to schools throughout the 17-county region. HCA is now taking applications from schools that want to implement or enhance rainwater collection and water conservation programs on their campuses. So far our…

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It’s Time for Texas’ Second Annual Pollinator BioBlitz

It’s Time for Texas’ Second Annual Pollinator BioBlitz

In support of Texas’ second statewide Pollinator BioBlitz, organizations and sites around the state will soon be hosting a variety of events to get people outdoors to observe pollinators of all types in yards, natural areas, gardens, parks and community centers. Of course, you don’t have to visit a particular site to participate, your very own yard or green space will do. Thanks to the success of last year’s BioBlitz, this very special event has been extended to two weeks, Sept.…

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Over 200 drinking water systems affected by Harvey still shut or impaired -U.S.regulators

Over 200 drinking water systems affected by Harvey still shut or impaired -U.S.regulators

  • September 9, 2017
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More than 200 drinking water systems out of 2,238 affected by Tropical Storm Harvey are still shut or have notices for customers to boil water, state and federal regulators said on Saturday. An additional 101 systems are still being contacted to “gather updated information of their status,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a joint statement. Tropical Storm Harvey brought several feet of rain over a period of several days along Texas’s Gulf…

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In post-Harvey Houston, extent of water contamination largely unknown

In post-Harvey Houston, extent of water contamination largely unknown

  • September 8, 2017
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When Houston-based epidemiologist Winifred Hamilton spent a few days in the field last week collecting samples of the abundant floodwater Tropical Storm Harvey had left in its wake, she was able to practice the health safety advice she had urged her fellow Houstonians to follow. After a day’s work, she disinfected everything she had carried with her, including her purse, cellphone and keys. She was also sure to wash the clothes she had worn in a separate load of laundry…

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