Why aren’t Texas politicians standing up for Texas landowners?

Why aren’t Texas politicians standing up for Texas landowners?

In 2009 the Bureau of Land Management published a series of surveys in the Federal Register that laid claim to small strips of land between the medial line of the Red River—the invisible line down the middle of the waterway that constitutes the border between Texas and Oklahoma—and the river’s south bank. A mundane turning of the federal bureaucracy, one might think, except that the BLM and Texas landowners south of the river happened to disagree pretty vigorously on where…

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Technology and renewables are key to battling climate change

Technology and renewables are key to battling climate change

As the long-term effects of climate change impacts natural resources, one study says it might also dig into the pocketbooks of energy consumers. With energy costs rising due to rising global temperatures, more entities are turning to renewable technologies to help their customers. According to the fourth National Climate Assessment, residential and commercial electricity expenses are projected to increase anywhere from four to 18 percent by 2040 nationwide. Those projections include a reduction in electricity used for heat in states…

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Liberty Hill wastewater treatment plant accused of dumping chemicals into river

  • January 27, 2019
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LEANDER, Texas — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is investigating after getting a complaint about foam and a bleach odor being discharged from the Liberty Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall into the San Gabriel River. Chemicals discharged Thursday Water became foamy Wastewater treatment plant cited last year “This probably was a process failure. I’d be surprised if it was intentional,” Mike Clifford from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, said. Clifford was contacted by a resident in the area who noticed foam and…

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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

  • January 24, 2019
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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

  • January 24, 2019
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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 24, 2019
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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

  • January 24, 2019
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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

  • January 23, 2019
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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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