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3 Lessons From A Texas Groundwater District On Managing During Drought

3 lessons from a Texas groundwater district on managing during drought

The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in central Texas urges residents to “please protect your aquifer by limiting water use.” The district manages groundwater in Hays County, Texas, one of the top five fastest-growing counties in the U.S. Due to drought, the district has imposed a 20% curtailment on groundwater pumping districtwide and a 30% curtailment in a 39 square-mile region within the district that includes the iconic Jacob’s Well spring, the second-largest underwater cave in Texas and a popular…

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Here’s What To Expect This Wildflower Season, How To Identify Central Texas Species

Here’s what to expect this wildflower season, how to identify Central Texas species

Despite Winter Storm Uri bringing subfreezing temperatures to Central Texas in February, a prominent number of flowers should still bloom across Central Texas this wildflower season, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Although slightly later than in recent years, Texas bluebonnets and other native flowers started to bloom in the Austin area in mid-March, and different species should begin to pop up over the next three months. Read more from Nicolas Cicale with Community Impact News here.

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Buda Looking At Options For Residential And Commercial Trash, Recycling Plans

Buda looking at options for residential and commercial trash, recycling plans

The city of Buda is examining its solid waste and recycling program. Deputy City Manager Micah Grau said during a March 23 City Council meeting options for residential and commercial services are about to open back up following the December 2021 conclusion of Buda’s five-year contract with Texas Disposal Systems. Read more from Brian Rash with Community Impact News here. 

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City Of Austin Says It Might Permanently Close Barton Springs If Texas Bill Becomes Law

City Of Austin says it might permanently close Barton Springs if Texas bill becomes law

A bill filed to reduce federal oversight of the Texas fossil fuel industry could also force the closure of one of the state’s most iconic swimming holes: Barton Springs Pool. House Bill 1683, filed by Republican state Rep. Brooks Landgraf, would prohibit state agencies and political subdivisions from interacting with the federal government to enforce federal oil and gas regulations if those rules don’t exist under Texas law. Read more from Mose Buchele with KUT90.5 here.

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Laura Bush: Texans, Turn Out The Lights At Night To Help Migratory Birds

Laura Bush: Texans, turn out the lights at night to help migratory birds

Each year, nearly 2 billion birds migrate through Texas in one of the planet’s great wildlife spectacles. Birds have intrigued me since I was a little girl. My mother was a knowledgeable, self-taught naturalist who was passionate about birds. Her fascination with bird-watching began when I was 10. She volunteered to be my Girl Scout leader, which involved helping us earn our bird badge. We would sit outside for hours with our binoculars and wait for birds, such as painted…

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Hill Country Alliance 15th Annual Photo Contest Kicks Off

Hill Country Alliance 15th annual photo contest kicks off

Theme of contest is “Solace and Strength: Portraits of Resilience in the Texas Hill Country” The last year has been unimaginably difficult for so many of us. We have missed milestones and family members, traded neighborly potlucks for Zooms, and seen our worlds upended time and again. Through it all, the rugged beauty of the Hill Country has been restorative, offering calm and solace in a growing din of uncertainty. For the 15th annual Hill Country photo contest, HCA asks…

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Golden-cheeked Warbler Is Back!

Golden-cheeked Warbler is back!

Golden-cheeked Warblers (GCWA) are beginning to arrive within their Hill Country haunts. The folks at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center reported at least one GCWA on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve on 5 March 2021 – right on time. Many more of these birds will arrive over the next couple of weeks. The Golden-cheeked’s scientific name, Setophaga chrysoparia, translates to golden cheek moth eater; moth eater describing the genus which now includes most New World warblers. This federally endangered songbird is an attractive…

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LCRA Adopts Moratorium On Commercial Dredging On The Highland Lakes

LCRA adopts moratorium on commercial dredging on the Highland Lakes

The Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday adopted a one-year moratorium prohibiting commercial dredging on the Highland Lakes. LCRA’s Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance, which is designed to protect water quality, addresses non-commercial dredging related to projects such as retaining walls, shore stabilization and boat docks and marinas, but does not address large-scale commercial dredging activities that take sand and gravel from a lake for processing and sale. The Board determined that new rules are necessary to address…

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An Audacious And Timely Conservation Challenge

An audacious and timely conservation challenge

We should all applaud President Biden's executive order calling for conservation of 30% of the U.S. land base by 2030. This bold "30x30" vision is firmly rooted in science, given that protected land is key to a healthy and secure future for all Americans. It provides pure drinking water, healthy food, clean air, habitat for wildlife, and places for people to reflect, recreate, hunt and fish. Conserved land also provides protection from natural disasters, such as floods and droughts, and…

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Guadalupe Master Naturalists Win Best In Texas Award

Guadalupe Master Naturalists win Best In Texas award

The Schertz Parks & Recreation Dept. entered Guadalupe Master Naturalists’ Nature Discovery Series into a state-wide competition for the Best Educational Program in Texas – and won.  The Schertz City Council recognized the honor from the Texas Festival & Event Association (TFEA) at their Feb. 24, 2021 meeting. The Nature Discovery Series, a partnership between Schertz Parks & Recreation and Guadalupe Master Naturalists, was created to help grow the next generation of conservationists. With a theme of discovery, the Master Naturalists' monthly nature…

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