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Climate Change Could Turn Earth’s Aquifers Into A Time Bomb

Climate change could turn Earth’s aquifers into a time bomb

Groundwater is one of the most important resources on Earth. People use around 77 billion gallons of groundwater every day, nearly all of it originating in bodies of permeable rock known as aquifers. A new scientific study shows that if climate change wreaks havoc on the Earth's groundwater, it would present an environmental "time bomb" with global consequences. And we might not know until it's too late. Over 2 billion people around the globe use groundwater as their primary source…

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Differing Opinions On Source Of River Algae During Liberty Hill Town Hall

Differing opinions on source of river algae during Liberty Hill town hall

LIBERTY HILL — An angry crowd faced off Tuesday night against city of Liberty Hill officials and engineers with their concerns that wastewater released into the South San Gabriel River by the city’s treatment plant was still causing algae in the river. Many people at the town hall meeting, including Stephanie Morris, said they were seeing excessive levels of algae along all stretches of the river, even though officials said that problems at the city-owned South Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant…

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Game Ranch Fined For Pesticide Misuse In Hill Country Bat Cave Incident

Game ranch fined for pesticide misuse in Hill Country bat cave incident

The Texas Department of Agriculture slapped a $1,200 fine on the Star S Ranch near Mason this week for two violations of pesticide drift at the Eckert James River Bat Cave last summer. The six-month investigation found the Star S Ranch, which shares a fence line with the bat cave, had used a Permethrin-based pesticide inappropriately. The 14,000-acre exotic game ranch applied the pesticide with a fogger and in a way that allowed it to make contact with people. Both acts constitute using the…

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Nationally Renowned Educational And Environmental Strategist Joins Cibolo Nature Center & Farm Team

Nationally renowned educational and environmental strategist joins Cibolo Nature Center & Farm team

January 22, 2018- BOERNE, Texas – Margaret Lamar has joined the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm(CNC&F) as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). In this position, she will lead and collaborate on key initiatives focusing on programming, fundraising, and conservation.  Margaret will be responsible for creating and maintaining an organization-wide strategy, including execution and assessment, to build collaborative initiatives through partnerships and community engagement.  “I’m thrilled to be part of the 30-year tradition of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm to…

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Don’t Blow It: Unregulated Wind Farms Encroach On Pristine Texas Wilderness

Don’t blow it: Unregulated wind farms encroach on pristine Texas wilderness

The Devils River Conservancy, is spearheading the “Don’t Blow It” campaign to advocate for thoughtful regulation of wind energy development — an industry quickly expanding in rural Texas, largely without rules and with serious negative implications for Texans. While the campaign is in full support of renewable energy solutions, “Don’t Blow It” by placing renewable energy in locations that negatively impact ecologically and culturally sensitive and pristine areas, military operations and border security, as well as the communities that depend…

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GEAA Fights Bulverde Wastewater Permits

GEAA fights Bulverde wastewater permits

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) will host a “strategy meeting” for ideas about how to fight a local developer’s attempt to release 300,000 gallons-per-day of treated sewage into Indian Creek, a tributary of Cibolo Creek in Comal County. The meeting regarding TCEQ Permit # WQ0015092001 for the Goldsmith Tract Development, development is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at GVTC Auditorium 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. TCEQ has scheduled a public meeting regarding the Indian Creek permit for 7…

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Conley To Resign From CAMPO

Conley to resign from CAMPO

Will Conley, the current chair of Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO),announced he plans to resign. According to CAMPO, Conley will stay on as chair until the group can find his replacement. Conley was appointed to the CAMPO board by the Hays County Commissioners Court in 2008 and has served as the group’s chair for the past six years. He was the first person outside of Travis County to be elected to lead the 43-year old regional transportation board. Conley,…

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Commentary: Austin’s Water Forward Plan Is A Bold Step Into The Future

Commentary: Austin’s Water Forward plan is a bold step into the future

 It might be difficult to imagine a lack of water after all of the recent rain and flooding, but we know from history that there is one thing we can always count on in Texas: there will be another drought. During times of drought, supplies are already stretched razor thin, so what will happen when our state’s population more than doubles in the coming decades? Millions of Texans could be left high and dry. Water supply is not an issue…

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Will Exotics Wipe Out Whitetails?

Will exotics wipe out whitetails?

Exotic deer were brought into the Texas Hill County in the 1930s. Exotic numbers began to increase rapidly in the 1950’s, with the birth of the hunting industry. Exotic surveys by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began in the 1960’s. At that time, there were 13 species and about 13,000 animals. The last survey was in 1996. At that time, there were 190,000 animals and 76 species. According to the Texas Exotic Association there are now over 250,000 exotics. The…

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January Director’s Notes: A Letter From HCA’s New Board President, Matt Lara

January Director’s Notes: A Letter from HCA’s New Board President, Matt Lara

Thank you to board members past and present, friends, and supporters who joined us to toast the New Year in San Antonio! Dear Hill Country Neighbors,  It is a privilege to serve as the new Board President of the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) and to work with my fellow board members on the common commitment of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality, and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country. I first became involved with HCA in 2013…

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