Fungus that causes deadly bat disease spreads to Central Texas

Fungus that causes deadly bat disease spreads to Central Texas

  • April 4, 2018
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The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, detected for the first time in Texas in early 2017 in the Panhandle, has now spread into Central Texas. Though no bat deaths have been attributed to WNS in Texas, the syndrome has killed millions of bats in the eastern parts of the United States, raising national concern. A coalition of groups in Texas is continuing work to monitor the spread of the disease. The fungus was detected at several sites…

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Groundbreaking held for Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Preserve

Groundbreaking held for Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Preserve

  • April 2, 2018
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Hays County joined Dahlstrom Family members in officially breaking ground today at the Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve, a 340.1 acre part of the Dahlstrom Family Ranch that will be available for passive nature activities when opened to the public later in 2018. “We are honored that the Dahlstrom Family is placing their trust in Hays County and our Parks Department to manage and develop the Preserve so that the public for years to come can enjoy nature in this…

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Leadership at all stages of the urban water cycle, including your home

Leadership at all stages of the urban water cycle, including your home

I learned in grade school that, in the water cycle, water evaporates from the ocean, condenses into clouds, falls as rain, runs into rivers, and flows back into the sea. However, we humans have intervened and significantly modified this natural cycle. In many of our cities, under standard operating procedures, we tend to: 1. pull the water from rivers, lakes or groundwater; treat it; use it; treat it again; and put it back in the river and 2. direct rainwater…

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