By: Texas Living Waters Project | September 20, 2019
Texas Living Waters is an active advocate for the One Water approach because it offers tremendous opportunities for improving how water is managed. Even so, we are concerned that the available One Water implementation frameworks are not providing adequate guidance or methodologies for ensuring that implementation of One Water principles will result in actual on-the-ground benefits in achieving “healthy waterways,” which is a key component of the One Water approach.
On September 18th, attendees at the One Water Summit held in Austin, participated in a site visit to view two iconic Hill Country springs. This included stops at the Headwaters at the Comal and Jacob’s Well Natural Area (JWNA) in Wimberley.
By: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment | September 30, 2019
Take The Meadows Center's new Snorkel Tour at Spring Lake the next time you visit us in San Marcos! Splash into Science is an immersive snorkeling program that provides low-impact educational fun in the crystal clear waters of Spring Lake.
The National Weather Service is teaming up with the City of San Marcos Office of Emergency Management to provide flood awareness training to residents on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 PM at Fire Station #5, 100 Carlson Circle.
The state of Texas is a behemoth. At some 268,820 square miles — from the Piney Woods of East Texas, the Texas Hill Country and the Texas Panhandle to the desert mountains of West Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast — the Lone Star State encompasses disparate climate regions, each with varied economic, social and environmental drivers.
I get it. Struggling with high summer heat is no fun, and keeping your plants quenched and happy can feel like a non-stop battle. No matter if we are dealing with a drought or just with our hot, dry weather, conserving water is not only a matter of keeping our utility bills down but often becomes a matter of urgency and necessity
There are showers in the forecast this week and hurricane season’s not done for two months, but a warning about water usage is still timely. According to the drought monitor released Sept. 5, Hays County is classified as D1, moderate drought.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has determined that two Texas mussels can be removed from the list of candidate species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The determinations were based mainly on research funded by the Texas Comptroller’s office and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
Forests serve an important ecological function as a carbon sink, with trees converting carbon dioxide into sugar that sustains their lives, and releasing oxygen, the element that sustains ours. With an ever-increasing amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, forests are more important than ever.
By: Citizen Alliance for Responsible Development | September 5, 2019
Have you noticed the pretty pavers recently installed on the back side of the parking area by the Quarter Shops? Or the pavers installed at Blue Hole Park - two pathways last year, handicapped parking spaces earlier this summer?
Attractive as they are, there is more to these installations than meets the eye.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued program requirements on August 27 for $4.3 billion in mitigation funds for post-Hurricane Harvey and other flood recovery projects in Texas.
The San Marcos River Foundation, a nonprofit that was founded in 1985 with the mission of preserving the quality of the San Marcos River, announced in an Aug. 30 press release that Dianne Wassenich, the SMRF executive director, would be retiring after 35 years of leading the organization.
At the end of July, I attended the Second National Drought Forum in Washington, D.C. held by the National Integrated Drought Information System. Ironically, Texas—and the country—only had a splotch of drought at the time. Also, ironically, there was quite a bit of discussion on not being able to predict drought very well with one scientist noting that seasonal drought forecasters only have a 6.6% success rate in predicting drought development (for example, our current flash drought was not foreseen at all).