Public voices concerns on final day of rock crusher town halls

Public voices concerns on final day of rock crusher town halls

Blasting, clouds of fine particulates, and over-taxed roads were all issues raised by the public Thursday, Oct. 1, during the final of three virtual town hall meetings hosted by state Rep. Terry Wilson on the subject of Aggregate Production Operations (APOs), a category that includes rock crushers, surface miners, concrete plants, and more. Wilson, the chair of the House Interim Study Committee on APOs, had in previous days invited industry professionals and community action groups to speak. Today, the public…

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Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation called a special meeting for Monday, Oct 12 at noon to consider a wholesale water contract with Electro Purification LLC.

Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation called a special meeting for Monday, Oct 12 at noon to consider a wholesale water contract with Electro Purification LLC.

On Friday, 10/9/20, Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (DSWSC) posted a special meeting of its Board of Directors for Monday, 10/12/20 at 12 noon. Item #6 on the Agenda: Wholesale water contract with EP (Electro Purification LLC) WHEN: Monday; October 12,2020; 12p.m. WHERE: Offices of the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation 101 Hays Street, Suite 416, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 WHO: Hays County Pct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell: Will attend the DSWSC meeting to testify during the discussion and speak…

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Wastewater treatment plant recognized as “Utility Of The Future Today”

Wastewater treatment plant recognized as “Utility Of The Future Today”

The City of San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for Community Partnering and Engagement. The San Marcos WWTP is one of 65 water utilities being recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Read more from San Marcos Corridor News here.

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San Antonio City Council passes new plan to fund Edwards Aquifer Protection Program

San Antonio City Council passes new plan to fund Edwards Aquifer Protection Program

By a 9-2 vote, the San Antonio City Council on Thursday passed a new funding plan to keep a popular Edwards Aquifer Protection Program going after the sales tax that has funded it since 2000 expires. The $100 million plan, which council was briefed on Sept. 10, would rely mostly on borrowing money over the course of 10 years, and would begin in FY 2023 after the EAPP uses up the sales tax revenue. The program will take the place…

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How the Great American Outdoors Act can impact Texas

How the Great American Outdoors Act can impact Texas

“I think what we’re seeing is the power of this bipartisan support for investing in our parks at the local, state and national levels,” said Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “The criticality of investing in our parks has rarely been as important as it is now, during this time of COVID when people in communities really need outdoor spaces for their physical, emotional and mental health.” Read more from Matt Wyatt with the Houston…

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A growing Texas means loss of working lands

A growing Texas means loss of working lands

Farm and ranch acres in Texas are disappearing. The land is not gone, but its use is. You’re probably not surprised. What may surprise you, however, is the rate at which the land is being converted. The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute says in the 20 years from 1997-2017, Texas lost about 2.2 million acres of working lands. The rate of conversion accelerated in the last five-year period, with over 1.2 million acres lost during that time. That’s over 650…

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Comal County needs to borrow tools from Hays

Comal County needs to borrow tools from Hays

I want to thank Craig Massouh for the article published on August 21 about the work being done to protect our environmental resources in Comal County. Cliff Kaplan, the operations manager for the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) pointed out that “Hays County just agreed to put on the Nov. 3 election a $75-$80 million item to address the need for 16 parks throughout its county, including six in San Marcos and one in Kyle.” The article concluded by explaining what…

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Hays County kicks off Wimberley Valley Trails Initiative

Hays County kicks off Wimberley Valley Trails Initiative

Hays County is kicking-off its new Wimberley Valley Trails initiative, an effort to develop a multi-year vision to improve connectivity in the City of Wimberley and surrounding areas. This vision includes a system of hike and bike trails, multi-modal transportation options, and other strategies to help connect people with nature and link regional points of interest in the community. Read more from San Marcos Corridor News here.

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Major pipelines hit legal snags. But it’s business as usual in Texas.

Major pipelines hit legal snags. But it’s business as usual in Texas.

Early on, Kinder Morgan faced opposition from individuals, local governments and conservation groups. EHN visited Hill Country—a unique landscape known for its rolling terrain in central Texas—and found that environmentalists and some who are pro-development had gained a common enemy. A barrage of lawsuits in Hill Country challenged the company, as well as the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Army Corps of Engineers, which are both responsible for permitting and oversight. But the project broke ground last year, with…

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To manage wildfire, California looks to what tribes have known all along

To manage wildfire, California looks to what tribes have known all along

Fire has always been part of California’s landscape. But long before the vast blazes of recent years, Native American tribes held annual controlled burns that cleared out underbrush and encouraged new plant growth. Now, with wildfires raging across Northern California, joining other record-breaking fires from recent years, government officials say tackling the fire problem will mean bringing back “good fire,” much like California’s tribes once did. Read more Lauren Sommer with NPR here.

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