New Colorado Law Brings Rain Barrel Owners Out From Shadows

Rain barrel owners are passionate advocates who believe the practice is an essential water conservation tool.Rain barrel owners are law breakers who steal water from farmers and other water rights holders. These two long-held identities for many rain barrel owners along the Front Range have now been reconciled through a new Colorado law to be signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday. It’s brought enthusiasts like Aaron Broderick out from the shadows… Read more from CPR.org

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Call for school grant applications ends May 2

Call for school grant applications ends May 2

  • April 27, 2016
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For the sixth consecutive year, the Hill Country Alliance’s Rainwater Revival offers funds to help students learn about rainwater catchment and water conservation. As Texas Hill Country residents and businesses look for ways to conserve water, HCA’s Rainwater Revival grants lend a helping hand to schools throughout the 17-county region. HCA is now taking applications through May 2 from schools that want to implement or enhance rainwater collection and water conservation programs on their campuses. “From funds received at Rainwater…

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Livin’ life by the drop: Rainwater systems flourish in Texas

Livin’ life by the drop: Rainwater systems flourish in Texas

  • April 25, 2016
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The use of rainwater for drinking, irrigation and conservation has been a growing trend for decades, said Alan Rossing, owner of Lakota Water Company. When he started his rainwater business in 2000, Hays County had more rainwater related businesses than the rest of the United States, Rossing said. “Now it’s to the point where we are booked 12 months in advance,” Rossing said. “The whole green movement really helped build momentum.” He said there are now about 1,600 rainwater businesses…

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Kerr County honored for exhibit hall’s rain-catching system

Kerr County honored for exhibit hall’s rain-catching system

  • April 22, 2016
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The award-winning elements of the Hill Country Youth Event Center aren’t discernible to motorists passing the site on Texas 27, where a $3.7 million exhibit hall was added last year. The accolades flow from rain gutters along the edges of the new 72,000-square-foot hall, which lead to pipes that carry precipitation to two huge storage tanks out back. “By harvesting the rainwater, localized flooding, erosion, and runoff into the Guadalupe River are reduced,” the Texas Water Development Board noted in…

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TWDB announces the 2015 Texas Rain Catcher Award recipients

TWDB announces the 2015 Texas Rain Catcher Award recipients

  • March 21, 2016
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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced today the recipients of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program. The award recipients have displayed excellence in rainwater harvesting in Texas in five categories: agriculture, commercial, community, educational, and residential. The 2015 Rain Catcher Award winners are: Bob Durham and the Natural Resources Conservation Service for designing a rainwater harvesting system that captures water from the roofs of two large livestock barns and then stores it…

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Rainwater Harvest as a solution to drought and flood?

Rainwater Harvest as a solution to drought and flood?

Stormwater is starting to get some serious attention in California, as the state’s drought enters a fifth year. Thanks in part to El Niño, rain has been surging through downspouts and gutters lately. And a lot of it: one storm in Los Angeles County, packing one inch of rainfall, means 10 billion gallons of water. The Oakland-based Pacific Institute estimates that rainfall captured in the San Francisco Bay Area and metro Southern California could, in a strong year, provide enough water…

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Zero Runoff Should Be Our Goal

Zero Runoff Should Be Our Goal

  • December 3, 2015
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“Water is a precious resource and yet we allow it to flow away.  In fact, in many cases we actually encourage it to go down the drain!  We have done an amazing job of drilling, piping, and moving water to accommodate our desired lifestyle.” Read more from these rainwater harvesting enthusiasts, our neighbors in Santa Fe; HarvestH2O…. Zero Runoff Should Be Our Goal by Doug Pushard Water is one of our most precious resources. Studies show that without drinking water…

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The Rain Barrel Art Auction has been extended to December 1

The Rain Barrel Art Auction has been extended to December 1

  • November 8, 2015
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There is still time to get your bid in for your favorite artist-painted rain barrel. The Rain Barrel Art auction has been extended until December 1st!  Beautify your garden with a one-of-a-kind artist-painted rain barrel and help raise funds for Hill Country Schools. Winning bids fund grants to Hill Country Schools to be used toward rainwater harvesting projects and water conservation education. To learn more about the grant program and past award recipients click here. Place your bid here: www.rainbarrelauction.com 

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The 6th Annual Rainwater Revival is this Saturday – Rain or Shine!

The 6th Annual Rainwater Revival is this Saturday – Rain or Shine!

  • November 4, 2015
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The Rainwater Revival is back in Dripping Springs for its 6th anniversary to be held on Saturday, Nov 7, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. The popular, annual event is part festival, part educational series, and always a celebration of the ease, sweet taste, and wisdom of harvesting rainwater. The free, daylong event features a main stage where rain harvesting experts and practitioners will speak throughout the day. Speakers include Richard Heinichen, Mayor of Tank Town, John Dromgoole, The Natural Gardener, and…

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Team begins work on giant river cane

Team begins work on giant river cane

Work has begun to fight back against the giant river cane clogging local creeks. Members of the Hill Country Alliance and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department met early Wednesday morning at the recently renovated Frantzen Park to start test plots on treating Arundo donax, the invasive, aggressive species that can reach heights of 30 feet. “We worked on a total of four properties over two days, and I think it was successful,” said Katherine Romans, landowner outreach program manager for…

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