San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance is finalist for national conservation award

San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance is finalist for national conservation award

  • October 12, 2020
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The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and SMGA President Sherwood Bishop have been awarded this year’s Cox Conserves Heroes Award for the southern U.S., a designation that comes with a $10,000 donation. As one of four regional winners, SMGA now has the opportunity to win an additional $50,000. The national winner will be whoever receives the most online votes between October 1-15. The link for voting is https://www.coxconservesheroes.com/vote. Sherwood’s biography, along with a video about SMGA, can also be found at…

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New system shows homeowners how utilities are used – and how to cut back

New system shows homeowners how utilities are used – and how to cut back

Texas Tech researchers are aiming to give consumers a way to make informed decisions about the ways they use utilities like water and electricity, along with a way to reduce a household’s reliance on the grid. The patent pending Home Utility Management System, or HUMS, pairs a water catchment system, solar panels, and a wind turbine with a monitoring system that lets residents see exactly how much water and electricity they use and provides suggestions on ways to improve consumption.…

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think+water: Dam Failures, Lemon Water and Naturalized Flows

think+water: Dam Failures, Lemon Water and Naturalized Flows

  • October 12, 2020
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With 38 public universities and 35 private colleges and universities in the state and many more across the country (and the world) interested in Texas, there’s a great deal of academic scholarship focused on water in the Lone Star State. In this column, I provide brief summaries to several recent academic publications on water in Texas. Dams are coming down, but not always by choice—The geography of Texas dams, dam failures, and dam removal Dams have been key as flood…

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Hill Country Night Sky Month in Dripping Springs

Hill Country Night Sky Month in Dripping Springs

October is officially Hill Country Night Sky Month in Dripping Springs, TX. With urban sprawl creeping in from Austin and the east, and more people finding refuge in the hills of Dripping Springs, the importance of preserving darkness in our night skies is as important as ever. Across the world, artificial light at night is increasing and getting brighter, so why do the night skies need to be preserved? In 2014, Dripping Springs was the first community in Texas to…

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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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Hill Country Conservancy is now accepting pre-applications for financing of stewardship projects through the Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative

Hill Country Conservancy is now accepting pre-applications for financing of stewardship projects through the Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative

The Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative (HCHCI), a program of Hill Country Conservancy, the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network and 18 partner organizations, is now accepting pre-applications from landowners located within specified critical river basins, for stewardship projects aimed at enhancing soil cover, water quality, and native biodiversity. The Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative is accepting pre-applications now through October 30, 2020. To be considered for financial assistance, landowners must take this first step in the application process by the…

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Hill Country Alliance’s inaugural Night Sky Month kicks off October with a Harvest Moon

Hill Country Alliance’s inaugural Night Sky Month kicks off October with a Harvest Moon

This October features a full moon on its first day, known as the Harvest Moon, and another on its last, a Blue Moon—as in “once in a,” because two full moons in one month doesn’t happen every year. The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) invites people to go outside on these respective nights and howl at the moon as part of its first-ever Night Sky Month celebration. The October event was created to bring awareness to the importance of night sky…

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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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Red doors and purple posts?

Red doors and purple posts?

Green, green, and many more shades of green in all flavors of grass, forbs, and trees. Green’s not the only color around. There are also purple posts and red doors. Have you seen a painted purple post or fence or tree on a boundary line? Texas and several other states have a “Purple Paint Law.” Purple paint on a boundary is the same as a “No Trespassing sign.” For instance, if you live in the Marble Falls area, the Bluebonnet…

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