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Think+water: Dam Failures, Lemon Water And Naturalized Flows

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

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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Sacred Springs Powwow’s 10th Anniversary Goes Virtual

Sacred Springs Powwow’s 10th anniversary goes virtual

Sacred Springs Powwow’s 10th anniversary event has gone virtual as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The powwow, which has usually taken place on the shores of the San Marcos River at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, began on Sept. 15 and stretches through Nov. 21. Read more from Nick Castillo with The San Marcos Daily Record here.

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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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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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