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).
Along U.S. Highway 281 headed north to the Comal County line, drivers can see shopping centers and housing developments that look indistinguishable from suburbia elsewhere in the country. But hundreds of feet below the highway, inside the Edwards Aquifer and some local caves, new species of salamanders, crustaceans, and other creatures are being discovered.
On Tuesday morning, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of Hays County’s effort to preserve night skies.
The resolution expresses the County’s commitment “to supporting practices that limit or minimize light trespass, glare, and skyglow from outdoor lighting to protect the beauty of the night skies and allow others the full benefit and use of their property.”
A team of researchers recently discovered two new freshwater mussel species in Texas, which will likely impact current conservation efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) canceled its Energy Emergency Alert (EEA1) at 5 p.m. yesterday and returned to normal grid operations by 5:30 p.m. ERCOT manages scheduling on an electric grid carrying 90 percent of Texas’ load. ERCOT is reminding all Texans that during this time of extreme heat, Texans need to conserve their electric use as it is putting major demands on the states electric supply.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority is responding to reports of a growing parasite problem with a plan to survey the situation in the Comal River. Community Impact Newspaper in July published a report about how a parasite named Haplorchis pumilio is threatening fish, such as the endangered fountain darter, in the San Marcos and Comal rivers.