Whither the Warbler’s habitat?

Whither the Warbler’s habitat?

Comal County is one of the top 10 fastest-growing counties in the United States, and a loose coalition of concerned residents and activist groups think it is time for residents to start thinking about protecting open space and acquiring park land – “Before it’s too late.” At Land Conservation Options for Comal County, a panel discussion Nov. 8 at the McKenna Events Center in New Braunfels, Katherine Romans, executive director of Hill Country Alliance; Annalisa Peace of Greater Edwards Aquifer…

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Proposed Sports Complex Threatens Dark Skies in River Hills

Proposed Sports Complex Threatens Dark Skies in River Hills

  • November 17, 2017
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A westside sports park project seven years in the making is facing a new wave of resistance from a nearby neighborhood wishing to protect its low-light, star-filled sky. The 12 Fields Foundation, a partnership of West Lake youth sports leagues, has been working since 2010 to secure a site to build facilities for local games and tournaments. On June 2 through their agent, KBGE Engineering, the foundation submitted a site plan for four sports fields and a building at 1100 River Hills Road,…

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Students Work to Enhance Habitat along Comanche Creek

Students Work to Enhance Habitat along Comanche Creek

  • November 17, 2017
  • News

On Tuesday, November 7th, students from Mason High School spent the day along Comanche Creek at Fort Mason City Park. As part of the School District’s Blue-Ribbon Service Day, these five students learned about the importance of creek-side (riparian) systems, and the negative impacts of non-native, invasive plants such as Chinaberry trees. “When riparian areas have a diversity of native grasses, shrubs and trees, they provide people with a variety of values,” said Daniel Oppenheimer, at the Hill Country Alliance.…

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Can Rainwater Harvesting bring water security to the Hill Country? Boerne’s upcoming Texas Water Symposium will discuss innovative rainwater use as an alternative to skyrocketing water costs

Can Rainwater Harvesting bring water security to the Hill Country? Boerne’s upcoming Texas Water Symposium will discuss innovative rainwater use as an alternative to skyrocketing water costs

  • November 17, 2017
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Declining aquifer levels and the rapidly rising cost of water supply and management has prompted suppliers, builders, and homeowners across the region to turn to alternative sources of water. As we look to a long-term future of increasing population growth and demand on groundwater resources, how can individuals, businesses, and cities create sustainable water supply in innovative ways? How can we incentivize water independence and conservation? “Over the next 50 years the population of Texas is expected to double. Already,…

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Landowners debate pipeline

Earlier this year 75 landowners in Comal County and 100 landowners in Kendall County received letters from South Comal Water Supply Corp (SCWSC) stating their property was being considered as sites to build a water pipeline to supply water to subdivisions south of Boerne as well as to State Highway 46 and Bulverde South subdivisions. SCWSC is partnering with Texas Water Supply Co. LLC (TWS) and Water Exploration Co., Lt. (WECO) to pump water from the Trinity Aquifer on DTB…

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Revenge of the Wild Pigs Goes Toxic

Revenge of the Wild Pigs Goes Toxic

  • November 16, 2017
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The wild pig bomb perpetually explodes. Shoot, trap, pressure and push, but the march of wild pigs continues across the United States. However, a chemical cavalry is approaching and may provide a major weapon in the control arsenal used by landowners and farmers: Kill the ultimate beast of survival with a poison pill? Sodium nitrite is no magic pill, but it’s a heavy-duty toxicant capable of suffocating a wild pig from the inside out. A single-dose poison, it be can…

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Director’s Notes – November 2017

Director’s Notes – November 2017

  • November 16, 2017
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As the weather cools and we all gather loved ones close, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause and count our blessings. Here at the Hill Country Alliance, I’ve lost count of how many supporters, partners, inspirational individuals, ideas, and moments we have to be thankful for this year. With your generous help, the Hill Country Alliance has continued its mission of bringing together landowners, ranchers, conservationists, developers and elected officials to preserve the Hill Country that we all love.…

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Listen: Climate And Water: Planning For A Changing Resource

Listen: Climate And Water: Planning For A Changing Resource

  • November 16, 2017
  • News

The state’s expanding population, coupled with more extreme flooding events and drought cycles, is creating short-term management challenges and long-term planning uncertainty. We rely on prevailing climate patterns to plan for development, agriculture, and ranching, but those patterns are changing. On Thursday, November 9, the Texas Water Symposium opened its tenth season on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville by directly addressing for the first time the topic of climate change with a panel of scientists, agriculture experts and researchers.  Learn…

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Zebra Mussels Spreading at Lakes Georgetown, Livingston

Zebra Mussels Spreading at Lakes Georgetown, Livingston

  • November 14, 2017
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. Lake Georgetown is a 1,297-acre impoundment controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, located just north of Austin on the North Fork of the San Gabriel River. Lake Georgetown’s infestation was confirmed by TPWD biologists after discovering larvae in routine water samples Oct. 27. A follow-up survey conducted by…

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Land conservation seminar explores options

Land conservation seminar explores options

  • November 12, 2017
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Will Wright | The Herald-Zeitung | Comal County’s open spaces are quickly disappearing, and about 100 regional residents seeking to preserve them attended a seminar that outlined available options for public and private land conservation on Wednesday at McKenna Events Center. The League of Women Voters-Comal Area and Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, dedicated to preserving the Edwards and Trinity aquifers and their watersheds, sponsored the event, titled “Conserving Land in Comal County – What Are the Options?” Several speakers reviewed current…

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