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Report: Central Texas Wastewater Plants Exceeding State Pollutant Limits

Report: Central Texas wastewater plants exceeding state pollutant limits

Publicly owned sewage treatment plants in Central Texas are exceeding state pollution limits with “disturbing frequency,” according to a new report from the Save Barton Creek Association. The environmental organization examined pollutant monitoring data that was self-reported to state environmental regulators by 48 municipal sewage treatment plants in a 17-county region that includes the Hill Country and found that more than 80% had dumped unauthorized pollutants into area streams on at least one occasion in the past three years —…

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Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation Rejects Wholesale Water Contract From Electro Purification, But Invites Revised Version

Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation rejects wholesale water contract from Electro Purification, but invites revised version

The Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (DSWSC) called a special meeting on October 12, 2020, to consider a wholesale water contract with Electro Purification, LLC (EP). Prior to taking up the agenda item, Hays County Commissioners Lon Shell and Walt Smith, past Hays County Commissioner Will Conley, and Adam Friedman, attorney for Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA), offered public comments to the DSWSC Board opposing DSWSC entering into the contract. The comments apprised the DSWSC that available science demonstrates…

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Hill Country Living FESTIVAL + Rainwater Revival Goes Virtual!

Hill Country Living FESTIVAL + Rainwater Revival goes virtual!

The annual Hill Country Living FESTIVAL + Rainwater Revival goes spectacularly virtual on Saturday, October 24. While a live, in-person FESTIVAL event is not possible this year, the Hill Country Alliance, along with its dedicated sponsors and partners, offers the next-best-thing—an online experience that continues to celebrate the collection of rainwater, the conservation of natural resources, and a common-sense approach to living lightly and sustainably in the Texas Hill County. Mark your calendar and register now at Rainwater! The…

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Why Water Conservationists Are Worrying About Austin’s Future

Why water conservationists are worrying about Austin’s future

Four years ago, Central Texas’ worst drought in history finally came to an end, capping off a nearly 10-year run of blistering summers and lack- luster rainy seasons. Beyond offering little reprieve from the area’s punishing heat, the stretch left the lakes that supply Austin’s drinking water at record low levels, raising alarm bells for conservationists. And yet, that record-setting dry spell could be nothing compared to what climate change is bringing next. In a June study examining the drought…

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Have Questions About The Hays County Park Bond? Here’s What You Need To Know Before Voting

Have questions about the Hays County Park Bond? Here’s what you need to know before voting

Before heading to the polls to vote, Hays County has invited voters to learn more about Proposition A – the 2020 Parks and Open Spaces Bond – on the ballot this year. To help voters be informed, Hays County created an educational outreach effort including a website: “POSAC reviewed 19 submitted projects and recommended funding of 16 over several budget cycles,” Kennedy said. “Each project on the story map indicates the types of features that would result, including public…

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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 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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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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