New publication examines consequences of groundwater depletion to agriculture

By: AgriLife Today |  March 22, 2019

COLLEGE STATION — A new Council of Agricultural Science and Technology, or CAST, paper examines the causes and consequences of groundwater depletion throughout the U.S. with a focus on how this will affect agriculture — the largest sector of groundwater use.

World Water Day: Strategies for Water for All in the Lone Star State

By: Texas Living Waters Project |  March 22, 2019

Most Texans don’t worry about being left behind without access to clean, affordable drinking water – after all, it never fails to fill our sinks, showers and hoses. But in a growing, drought-prone state that is ground zero for climate change, making sure that we’ll always continue to have fresh water for all is a concern that we at the Texas Living Waters Project wrestle with daily.

Algae infestation is causing an upset among residents along the Blanco River

By: KVUE |  March 21, 2019

BLANCO, Texas — Homeowners near the Blanco River say there's an algae problem that's damaging the quality of the river, and it's gotten a lot worse in just a few weeks.

Texas Senate approves $1.8 billion package to assist with Harvey recovery, guard against future storms

By: The Texas Tribune |  March 20, 2019

The Texas Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bipartisan package of bills that would pull $1.8 billion from the state's rainy day fund to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery and plan for and protect against future storms.

Judge Rules Golden-Cheeked Warbler Should Stay On Endangered Species List

By: Rivard Report |   February 11, 2019

A bright-faced songbird of the Texas Hill Country still faces enough threat from population growth and land development in the San Antonio-Austin region to need shelter under the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge in Austin has ruled.

Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously votes to oppose Permian Highway Pipeline

By: Community Impact Newspaper |   February 26, 2019

Kinder Morgan is moving full-speed ahead with its plan to route a 430-mile, 42-inch natural gas pipeline through the center of Hays County—but local governments are making their opposition to the project known. Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously at its Feb. 26 meeting to oppose the Permian Highway Pipeline “on behalf of the interests of the citizens of Hays County and in recognition of the potential harm the [Permian Highway Pipeline] poses to its natural and economic resources.”

San Marcos City Council Approves Resolution Opposing Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline

By: Corridor News |   March 7, 2019

The San Marcos City Council chamber was full of members of the community on Tuesday, March 5, as the council considered a resolution opposing the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline through Hays County.

Nemo doesn't have to brave the river: Unwanted pet fish pond a success in Texas

By: Click 2 Houston |   February 28, 2019

Overgrown or unwanted pet fish often end up in the nearest waterway, but in San Marcos, local officials are working to make sure that doesn’t happen with a special pond for those that don’t have an aquarium to call home.

2019 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards announced

By: TCEQ |   March 1, 2019

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality revealed the winners of the prestigious Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. Governor Greg Abbott and TCEQ commissioners jointly selected the ten winners (which included the Texas Stream Team) —based on recommendations from a Blue-Ribbon Committee—in nine categories.

Seeking resilient water supply, Buda goes forward with aquifer storage

By: Community Impact Newspaper |   February 20, 2019

In anticipation of significant population growth over the next decades, several years ago Buda officials began to look seriously at how to ensure a reliable water supply.

Worries continue to rise over Permian Highway Pipeline

By: Hays Free Press |   February 20, 2019

Kyle-area residents packed Wallace Middle School to press Kinder Morgan on the company’s proposed 430-mile underground natural gas pipeline. But the open house, hosted by Kinder Morgan officials, left some residents with more questions than answers.

Dripping Springs City Council approves resolution to support Hill Country Scenic Highways Bill

By: Community Impact Newspaper |   February 11, 2019

One week after Hays County Commissions voted to support House Bill 1303, Dripping Springs City Council on Feb. 19 followed suit, passing a resolution of support of their own. House Bill 1303 would restrict the presence of billboards along certain roads in Hays County.

Texas May See Its Biggest Wildflower Bloom in a Decade

By: Southern Living |   February 23, 2019

Though it may feel like this winter is going to go on forever, fear not, as spring flowers are well on their way. Especially in the state of Texas. According to Wide Open Country, Texas Hill Country — a region located at the nexus of west, central, and south Texas — could see its greatest flower bloom in a decade.

Texas Land Trends report shows value of conservation easements to ag, water, wildlife

By: AgriLife Today |   February 18, 2019

The Texas Land Trends project of Texas A&M’s Natural Resources Institute, or NRI, has published a special series report describing Texas landowner participation in land conservation easements and their value to agricultural production, water and wildlife.

Judge rules Golden-cheeked Warbler should stay on endangered species list

By: Rivard Report |   February 11, 2019

A bright-faced songbird of the Texas Hill Country still faces enough threat from population growth and land development in the San Antonio-Austin region to need shelter under the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge in Austin has ruled.

Texas is growing fast. We need to protect our water.

By: Houston Chronicle |   February 11, 2019

Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country. But a downside of this growth is that, coupled with extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, many of our existing water resources are becoming overburdened.

Bounty program looks to help control Texas' feral hog problem

By: CBS Austin News | February 15, 2019

Nick Dornak is the director of watershed services at Texas State University in San Marcos. Since 2012, he’s been working with Caldwell County on a bounty program to encourage landowners and hunters to help stop the spread of the state’s pig problem.