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Texas A&M Expert: Drought Has Returned To Texas

Texas A&M Expert: Drought has returned to Texas

Texas A&M Expert: Drought Has Returned To Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says drier and warmer conditions over much of the state could last until spring. October is usually one of the wettest months in Texas, but many parts of the state received little or no rain during the period. The situation is especially bad in West Texas: In the past six months in Midland, only 1.45 inches of rain have been recorded, breaking a 69-year-old record by an inch,…

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JTEDC Board Approves Night Skies Lighting Grant

JTEDC Board approves night skies lighting grant

JTEDC Board approves night skies lighting grant Board receives report on coalition of businesses The Board of the Junction Texas Economic Development Corporation (JTEDC) held its monthly meeting on December 1 and addressed two applications from businesses for a grant for night skies friendly light fixtures, a strategic planning session, and routine administrative matters.  The board also received a report on efforts by the Coalition of 21 Businesses to attract shoppers to Junction. Board members present were Kimberlee Gosney, Carol…

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Kyle Council Hears Presentation On Downtown Park Impovement

Kyle Council hears presentation on downtown park impovement

The Kyle City Council received a presentation regarding improvements to Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The landscape design was presented by Aan Coleman, founder of Coleman & Associates, and includes amenities such as improved ADA access, a 20-foot-wide paver promenade, expanded seating areas, picnic table areas, a low-profile kid corral and an educational raingarden. Read more from Anita Miller with Hays Free Press News-Dispatch here.

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Buda Offering Christmas & Holiday Season Light Recycling

Buda offering Christmas & holiday season light recycling

As you prepare for the holidays and decorating, start off the new year while being environmentally friendly! The City of Buda is here to help you get rid of any old, broken, or unwanted Christmas Lights. From November 30th to January 10th, stop by the Buda Public Library to drop off your holiday lights. Read more from San Marcos Corridor News here.

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Buda City Council Adopts Transportation Mobility Master Plan

Buda City Council adopts Transportation Mobility Master Plan

The Buda City Council adopted an updated Transportation Mobility Master Plan (TMMP) at its December 1 meeting. In 2019, the City of Buda started the process of updating the Transportation Master Plan to identify transportation needs, develop solutions, and prioritize improvements to allow the transportation system to keep pace with desired growth and development. Read more from San Marcos Corridor News here.

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Families Threaten To Sue Over Wastewater Released Into Hill Country Waterways

Families threaten to sue over wastewater released into Hill Country waterways

One of the biggest concerns with all the growth in Central Texas is wastewater and what to do with it. For years, the KVUE Defenders have shown the growing number of cities dumping treated wastewater into the rivers and lakes where we get our drinking water and enjoy with our families. Now, the fight against it is landing some cities in court. Read more from KVUE here.

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Process Begins To Form Best Practices For Sand Mining Companies In San Jacinto River Basin

Process begins to form best practices for sand mining companies in San Jacinto River Basin

Process begins to form best practices for sand mining companies in San Jacinto River Basin The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality began a yearlong process in mid-November to form more rules for sand mining in the San Jacinto River Basin. Environmental advocates hope this process will reduce downstream flooding, limit sediment runoff and minimize pollutants discharged from the mines into waterways. During the TCEQ’s virtual stakeholder meeting Nov. 10, Jill Boullion, executive director of the Bayou Land Conservancy, said the…

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Hamilton Pool Road Development Dispute Has Implications For Entire Barton Springs Zone — Key Decision Imminent

Hamilton Pool Road development dispute has implications for entire Barton Springs Zone — Key decision imminent

Update: The "imminent decision" to be taken up by West Travis County PUA at their November 19 meeting was postponed until their next meeting, on December 17. If anyone is feeling nostalgic for a 1980s or early 1990s style Austin growth battle they might want to check in on Bee Cave and the surrounding area. There, residents are locked in a fierce, high stakes battle with the City Council and the West Travis County Public Utility Agency (WTCPUA) over a…

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Texas Community A Shining Example Of Coexisting With Dark Skies

Texas community a shining example of coexisting with dark skies

A dark sky is important – it maintains wildlife and keeps the world’s eco-system balanced. Without it, everything is thrown off. Light pollution has even been linked to negative consequences for human health. As we told you last night, generations are growing up having never seen the Milky Way. Just 20-percent of the world’s population have seen it. That’s why efforts are being made to change that reality. Texas state and national parks are working to earn a dark skies…

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New SA Company Aims To Encourage Cattle Ranching With Eco-friendly Tactics

New SA company aims to encourage cattle ranching with eco-friendly tactics

It’s 6:30 a.m., and the Texas sky is just starting to lighten from the black of night to the gray-blue of dawn. Dressed in a flannel shirt, work jeans, and lace-up boots, Schertz resident Zachary Platt is already loading up his Kawasaki Mule and heading out on the 374 acres of land he ranches and farms for a living. Platt drives the off-road utility vehicle to the spot where his 85 cattle – all females with their calves, aside from…

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