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Flood Group Designates Planning Sponsor

Flood group designates planning sponsor It’s been an open secret for decades, but the devastating floods of 2015 drove the point home — any meaningful flood resiliency can be achieved only with regional cooperation. Steps are now being taken to make that a reality. The Region 11 Guadalupe Flood Planning Group, which had its inaugural meeting in November 2019, has designate the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority as its planning group sponsor. Read more from Anita Miller with Hays Free Press…

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How Texas Is Changing How It Plans For Floods

How Texas is changing how it plans for floods Just as the state is dealing with one crisis, it's also preparing for the next. But this time, it's trying to get ahead of the problem. We all remember Hurricane Harvey's devastating impact on the Gulf Coast in 2017. That's triggered an unprecedented effort to prevent the same damage from happening again. Read more from Karina Kling with Spectrum News here.

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Mothering Earth Podcast: Watering Outdoors Tips

Mothering Earth Podcast: Watering outdoors tips Most of the water we use is used outdoors. A lot of it goes to watering lawns. Water conservation outside the house means designing gardens that use less water, and using more efficient ways of watering plants.This program provides practical advice that you can put to use immediately, to become a wise user of one of our most precious resources, namely water. Learn more and listen to the podcast from Mothering Earth here. https://soundcloud.com/salwak/mothering-earth-76-watering-outdoors-tips

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Case Addressing Open Space Valuation Of Property With Cattle Grazing & Quarry Activity

Case addressing open space valuation of property with cattle grazing & quarry activity A recent case from the Ft. Worth Court of Appeals, Hood County Appraisal District v. Mandy Ann Management Ltd., discusses whether property used for grazing cattle on which a quarry is present qualifies for open space tax valuation. Mandy Ann Management Ltd. (“Mandy”) owns 679 acres in Hood County. The property was purchased by Mandy’s owner, Michael Arnold, in 2006 and he transferred the ownership to Mandy in…

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Jupiter And Saturn Head For Closest Visible Alignment In 800 Years

Jupiter and Saturn head for closest visible alignment in 800 years On Dec. 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be no more than a dime’s width apart in the night sky. The last time that could be seen was in 1226. For months, Saturn and Jupiter have appeared to be courting, as the giant celestial bodies have gradually drawn nearer in the night sky. Over the next two weeks, as their orbits align more closely, the planets will pull…

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Out Of Sight, Never Out Of Mind

Out of sight, never out of mind Bioretention basins help keep water quality high for endangered species Bioretention basins come in all shapes and sizes. Some can look like a mere swale in the landscape and others can be highly-landscaped and decorative components of a city’s infrastructure. Whatever the outward appearance each bioretention project might be, the engineered water filtering functionality predominantly takes place below ground and out of sight. “Cities across the country began implementing stormwater treatment practices or…

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Texas A&M Expert: Drought Has Returned To Texas

Texas A&M Expert: Drought Has Returned To Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says drier and warmer conditions over much of the state could last until spring. October is usually one of the wettest months in Texas, but many parts of the state received little or no rain during the period. The situation is especially bad in West Texas: In the past six months in Midland, only 1.45 inches of rain have been recorded, breaking a 69-year-old record by an inch,…

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JTEDC Board Approves Night Skies Lighting Grant

JTEDC Board approves night skies lighting grant Board receives report on coalition of businesses The Board of the Junction Texas Economic Development Corporation (JTEDC) held its monthly meeting on December 1 and addressed two applications from businesses for a grant for night skies friendly light fixtures, a strategic planning session, and routine administrative matters.  The board also received a report on efforts by the Coalition of 21 Businesses to attract shoppers to Junction. Board members present were Kimberlee Gosney, Carol…

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Kyle Council Hears Presentation On Downtown Park Impovement

The Kyle City Council received a presentation regarding improvements to Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The landscape design was presented by Aan Coleman, founder of Coleman & Associates, and includes amenities such as improved ADA access, a 20-foot-wide paver promenade, expanded seating areas, picnic table areas, a low-profile kid corral and an educational raingarden. Read more from Anita Miller with Hays Free Press News-Dispatch here.

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Buda Offering Christmas & Holiday Season Light Recycling

As you prepare for the holidays and decorating, start off the new year while being environmentally friendly! The City of Buda is here to help you get rid of any old, broken, or unwanted Christmas Lights. From November 30th to January 10th, stop by the Buda Public Library to drop off your holiday lights. Read more from San Marcos Corridor News here.

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