Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative Accepting Applications For Regional Conservation Partnership Program

By: SM Corridor News |  May 7, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – Hill Country Conservancy (HCC), the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network and 18 partner organizations today announced Applications of Eligibility are now being accepted from farmers, ranchers and wildlife managers to take part in the $5.15 million pledge awarded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in July 2018.

Hurricane Harvey flooding victims get their day in federal court

By: Houston Chronicle |  May 6, 2019

The case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims focuses on 13 test-case properties that the parties agreed upon that were surrounded by rising waters in the wake of the catastrophic 2017 storm. The first batch of lawsuits to go to trial involves what are known as the upstream properties, which were severely flooded as water built up in two “flood pools” west of Houston.

Dark skies bill moves forward in legislature

By: Hays Free Press |  May 1, 2019

House Bill (HB) 4158, authored by State Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood), would give Dark Sky communities more flexibility to reinvest in tourism efforts. The bill was unanimously voted out of committee and could soon be placed on the calendar for a vote in the Texas House.

leg+water: April Update

By: Texas + Water |  April 2019

Every month during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Todd Votteler provide an update on water-related legislation. The key water committees are Water and Rural Affairs in the Senate (SWRA), and Natural Resources in the House (HNR). Thus far, legislation related to flooding impacts from Hurricane Harvey and statewide flood planning has dominated the water-related efforts of SWRA and HNR.

A creek flowing to the Colorado River turned black. Now the state has sued the alleged polluter.

By: The Texas Tribune |  April 17, 2019

ALTAIR — For more than two months, the waters of Skull Creek have flowed black, its surface covered in an iridescent sheen. Yellowed fish skeletons line the pebbled banks of the Colorado River tributary, and a dizzying chemical odor hangs in the air.

Across the Hill Country, Sewage Plants Threaten to Turn Clear Streams Into Algae Pools

By: Rivard Report |  April 14 , 2019

Molina’s battle over a new sewage plant is playing out all over the Hill Country, where population density is going up. Developers are seeking permits to build plants to support new, denser subdivisions, with homes on acre to half-acre lots. All these new residents are generating a whole lot of new sewage. The wastewater left over from that sewage treatment has to go somewhere.

The Legislative Outlook for Hill Country Water Resources

By: Texas Water Symposium |  April 3, 2019

This edition of the Texas Water Symposium features lawmakers and analysts looking at current and proposed legislation that will affect water resources and property rights in Texas. Topics addressed include the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, flooding, water well protection, the Texas State Park system, and more.

Buda joins neighbors with resolution opposing Permian Highway Pipeline

By: Community Impact Newspaper |  March 27, 2019

After an inquiry from Hays County, Buda City Council unanimously approved a resolution on March 26 opposing the Permian Highway Pipeline and asking the legislature to take action. Similar resolutions have been passed by the cities of Woodcreek, Wimberley, Kyle and San Marcos as well as by Hays County.

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.