Millions of snout butterflies emerging around San Antonio

Millions of snout butterflies emerging around San Antonio

Earlier this week, Jessica Beckham stood in her backyard and watched a stream of brown and orange butterflies floating overhead. “I was seeing them just fly over, and you have to look up and say, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’” said Beckham, an entomologist who teaches environmental science classes at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “And then I start to worry about them getting smashed by cars.” Read more from Brendan Gibbons with San Antonio Report here.

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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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Gracias and do look up!

Gracias and do look up!

The Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) wishes to express thanks to 61+ generous folks who reached toward open space protection with BIG GIVE gifts to enhance the Land Conservation Fund! For those wishing they had or who failed to reach out on that day, you can go to the CCCA website and hit DONATE! Thanks for helping! When last have you looked skyward at night? There’s much in the NIGHT SKIES you’ll want to see and some you’ll wish you…

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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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Blanco Council approves balanced No-Discharge Task Force

Blanco Council approves balanced No-Discharge Task Force

With its unanimous vote Sept. 8, the Blanco City Council delivered on progress toward a lasting solution with Protect Our Blanco for growth and development without wastewater discharge into the Blanco River. A contentious recent history is replaced today by a task force to discuss and quantify engineering options before the end of the year. The vote represents a second step forward following the Aug. 25 presentation from David Baker, Executive Director of the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, representing Protect…

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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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Truly sustainable infrastructure plans can’t rely on concrete

Truly sustainable infrastructure plans can’t rely on concrete

When governments are faced with a recession, they reflexively look to the example set by Franklin D. Roosevelt. History textbooks maintain that the 32nd US president single-handedly wrenched his country from the grip of the Great Depression with his New Deal programme of public investment. In doing so, he created a template that future leaders would deploy when confronting their own financial crises. Its guiding principle is simple: spend massively on infrastructure to create jobs and boost productivity. Some modern…

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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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Texans must treat every drop of water as precious

Texans must treat every drop of water as precious

The state of Texas is a behemoth. At some 268,000 square miles — from the Piney Woods of East Texas, the Hill Country and the Panhandle to the desert mountains of West Texas and the Gulf Coast — the Lone Star State encompasses disparate climate regions, each with varied economic, social and environmental drivers. As climate change continues, each of these areas will change. As a general rule, scientists predict a significantly warmer and drier climate — with occasional catastrophic…

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