Parks advocates push $750M bond proposal to add sidewalks, trails throughout city

Parks advocates push $750M bond proposal to add sidewalks, trails throughout city

Parks and transportation advocates hope to put a $750 million bond proposal on the November ballot that would fund many construction projects centered around “active transportation” found in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan… “For the bike plan, sidewalk plan and trail plan, Vision Zero and everything else to be funded, that would be more than $100 million per year for the next six years injected into our economy going to primarily local contractors,” he said. “We see it as a…

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Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

As typical dry and hot weather continues to plague South Central Texas, our attention turns to the aquifer level. Right now, the 10 day average is sitting at 660.8 and Paul Bertetti, Director of Aquifer Science at the Edwards Aquifer Authority says we’re going to drop below 660 very soon. “Looking at the current 10 day average, I would expect that by the end of the week or into the weekend, that the ten day average is probably going to…

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Report: Houston’s water conservation efforts lag other Texas cities

Report: Houston’s water conservation efforts lag other Texas cities

Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director of Texas Water Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, said Houston fared worse in the report because of an increase in water loss in its distribution system. Water loss rose from 11% four years ago to 17% in its most recent water audit. “It’s one of those things that’s kind of out of sight, out of mind. The distribution system is underground, a lot of the water loss we don’t see except for those big water main…

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Winning submissions for Capture the Dark Photography Contest

Winning submissions for Capture the Dark Photography Contest

Nighttime photography plays an important role in the dark sky movement. A photograph of a naturally starry sky connects those who’ve never laid their eyes on the Milky Way to a universe hidden behind the veil of skyglow. It has the power to transport us, understand our place in the world, and inspire us to connect with, and ultimately protect, the night. In celebration of the night, IDA hosted the ‘Capture the Dark’ Photography Contest during May 2020. In two…

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TPWD announces funding opportunity for streamside landowners

TPWD announces funding opportunity for streamside landowners

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking to expand public access to fishing and paddling on Texas rivers through leased access agreements with streamside landowners. Private streamside properties are essential to achieving this goal, and TPWD is requesting applications from landowners for the River Access and Conservation Areas program. “Texas has over 40,000 miles of free-flowing rivers and creeks, and with 95% of the land held in private ownership, it can be a real challenge finding safe legal access…

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Water safety supply lines: What it takes to keep water clean

Water safety supply lines: What it takes to keep water clean

A lot goes into making water safe. Before drinking water reaches the tap, and after wastewater leaves a building, water goes through series of filtration systems that remove the “big” stuff. But that is not the end of the system; disinfection is a key part of keeping the water system safe. “At a very late stage, when all the nutrient and organics have been removed by either the physical, chemical and biological processes, you’re still left with some bacteria,” explained…

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Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler talks with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker about the newly released Texas Water Conservation Scorecard 2020 Report, which provides an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 350 water utilities in Texas. Listen to the full interview with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker from Texas+Water here.  https://soundcloud.com/talkpluswater/talkwater-podcast-23-ken-kramer-jennifer-walker-texas-water-conservation-scorecard-2020-report

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Swiss Lodge Gets HOT Fixtures

Swiss Lodge Gets HOT Fixtures

Press Release: Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky – For Immediate Release: June 29, 2020 On June 29, Blanco’s Swiss Lodge motel became the first recipient of night sky friendly outdoor lighting fixtures paid for with Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds.  The 29 fixtures purchased for the motel were Ellicott Portfolio galvanized, gooseneck wall lanterns, approved as “Good Neighbor Lighting” by the International Dark Sky Association. Thanks to a lot of hard work done in the last legislative session, Blanco, Johnson…

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Try a local trail or two — or even three

Try a local trail or two — or even three

Some friends and colleagues have mentioned their frustration in seeking away-from-home options while remaining distanced and quarantined in this “selah season.” They’ve mentioned their appreciation for my/our circumstances living as we do with wild and pasture life as our primary neighbors. My suggestions have included, “why not try a trail suited for your interest, ability and purposes!” We in New Braunfels and Comal County are blessed with local trail options as well as a broader Hill Country context which multiplies…

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A pipeline poisons the wells in Hill Country

A pipeline poisons the wells in Hill Country

From the moment Kinder Morgan and its business partners announced that their 430-mile Permian Highway Pipeline would cross the Texas Hill Country, landowners, environmentalists, elected officials and groundwater protection agencies along or near the route have fought tooth and nail to move it or stop it. And they openly warned of the precise danger landowners such as Albright now face: disturbing the “karst” features below their property. Like underground Swiss cheese, they serve as conduits for groundwater that, in a…

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