Uvalde County water district sues over change in Edwards Aquifer rules

Uvalde County water district sues over change in Edwards Aquifer rules

The Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District is suing the Edwards Aquifer Authority over water-rights rules that the district said would threaten the amount of groundwater available to property owners west of San Antonio.  The lawsuit centers on a long-standing EAA “conversion rule” and recent amendments that stipulate when water rights historically used for agriculture can be transferred to other uses, such as development of businesses or residential subdivisions.  A lawyer for the district said in a release that the…

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Area groups, citizens have conservation conversations

Area groups, citizens have conservation conversations

  • January 22, 2018
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As one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation with 10,000 or more residents, according to Census Bureau statistics, officials say land conservation is a topic of concern in Comal County. The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, the Hill Country Alliance and the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area have joined forces to find a solution. “All three of the groups are committed to continue working towards this end and any facet for planning for growth in Comal County…

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Landowners association to hear speakers

Landowners association to hear speakers

  • January 22, 2018
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The Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas will begin its 2018 membership year with an informative pair of speakers at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Bandera Electric Cooperative Community Room. Jimmy Gaines, president of the Texas Land Council, will discuss issues important to the council, including property and water rights, and will talk about issues that will be decided by the Texas Legislature.  Katherine Romans, executive director of the Hill Country Alliance, also will be on…

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Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Unless residents drastically cut down on daily use, warns Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, taps in the seaside metropolis of four million will soon run dry. On April 22, to be exact. Here’s what to know: The date is…

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Dye tests show connection between Onion Creek and Middle Trinity

Dye tests show connection between Onion Creek and Middle Trinity

Initial results from an ongoing study have found Onion Creek is “hydrologically connected” to the Middle Trinity Aquifer, according to a memo to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD). Doug Wierman, an independent geoscientist working with the Meadows Center in San Marcos, said the results show an important connection that could have an impact on the area. “It confirms that whatever is in the creek can get into the aquifer,” Wierman said… Read more from Hays Free Press

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Panhandle Roadkill White-tailed Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

A roadkill white-tailed deer collected by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel on U.S. Highway 87 between Dalhart and Hartley has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. This marks the first discovery of CWD in a Texas roadkill and the first case in a Texas Panhandle whitetail. “The roadkill was found along the border between the current CWD Containment Zone and Surveillance Zone, and as a result will likely necessitate a precautionary expansion of the Containment Zone,” said Dr. Bob…

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Report: Almost 25,000 Texans Are Drinking Tap Water With High Levels of Radium

Report: Almost 25,000 Texans Are Drinking Tap Water With High Levels of Radium

  • January 17, 2018
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Water in the small Central Texas town of Brady has the highest radium levels in the state — almost double the legal limit set by the EPA, according to a new report. But Kim Lenoir, the city manager in charge of cleaning up Brady’s water supply, says she isn’t alarmed. In fact, Lenoir, who moved to town four years ago, says she still drinks the tap water. “You have to understand it’s natural,” Lenoir told the Observer. “I know that it…

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States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

  • January 17, 2018
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On the edge of a south-central Montana village, where deer hunting is a way of life, the game check station has become the front line of the state’s efforts to stop the spread of a deadly infection known as chronic wasting disease. It has ravaged deer herds throughout the United States and Canada and forced the killing of thousands of infected animals in 24 states and three Canadian provinces. It has also been found in Norway and South Korea. With…

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Conservationists form coalition

Conservationists form coalition

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is asking the public for its ideas about how to create a coalition that would organize efforts to conserve open space in Comal County. The group says it wants to create a “critical mass” to realize shared goals at a planning meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 at McKenna, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. SAVING THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE Included on the agenda is an update on Sentinel Peak Preserve’s efforts to purchase…

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Water 101 – Boerne Native Plant Society Of Texas Chapter Meeting

Water 101 – Boerne Native Plant Society Of Texas Chapter Meeting

Boerne Native Plant Society of Texas Chapter Meeting February 6 at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne will feature Water 101. Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource.  But water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population. How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future? There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children…

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