Saturday, October 27, 2012

Concerned Citizens Suit against Golf Course Permit Nov. 13th 9:00am

A hearing has been reset for December 3rd at 9:00am in the Hays County Justice Center in San Marcos on pending Motions for Summary Judgment in a suit filed by Concerned Citizens and the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) against the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD).   

Concerned Citizens and the WVWA have appealed to the District Court to require the HTGCD to hold a contested case hearing on the application of Wimberley Springs Partners to pump millions of gallons of groundwater from the Trinity Aquifer in the vicinity of Jacob’s Well.   

The District and Wimberley Springs Partners  have asked the court to deny the appeal by summary judgment.  Judge Bill Henry is scheduled to hear the pending motions which could determine the outcome of the case.  The economic and environmental health of the Wimberley Valley are at stake. Citizens who are interested in protecting the flow of Jacob’s Well, Blue Hole and Cypress Creek may attend the court to show their support and hear the presentations. 

Motions for Summary Judgment are set to be heard by Judge Steel at 9 a.m. Monday December 3rd.  The matter will be heard in Courtroom 10, 3d Floor of the new Government Center for which directions from the web site are the following:  

Those who wish to attend should arrive at the the Hays County District Clerk offices have moved to the new Government Center at 712 South Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666.

GPS locators/maps do not have the correct location of our new building and may show you a similar, private address that is not close to the Government Center.

To find the Government Center: take the Wonder World Drive exit off of IH-35 and head west, or head east on Wonder World Drive from Hunter Road. At the bottom of the Wonder World Drive railroad overpass, turn North on South Stagecoach Trail. The Government Center is a large, stand-alone building at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 2012 News

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rainwater Revival Offers Down-to-Earth Ways to Save Water Resources, Money

Rain! or Shine, October 27 in Boerne

Saving money on your water bill and saving precious water resources go hand-in-hand when you collect free water from the sky for your indoor or outdoor water use. The October 27 Rainwater Revival is set to help you learn from experts how to use rain catchment at your urban cottage, suburban homestead or home on the range.

“Water catchment makes sense no matter how big or small your house or property is,” said Sky Jones-Lewey, Resource Protection and Education Director for the Nueces River Authority and President of the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) Board of Directors. “It surprises people when they find out how easy and inexpensive a system can be.” HCA sponsors the annual Rainwater Revival, which brings together knowledgeable speakers for all levels of interest in saving earth’s resources while saving money.
In addition to speakers on two stages throughout the day, fest-goers will have the opportunity to bid on professionally decorated rain barrels at a silent auction. Hill Country area artists spend weeks designing and painting 55-gallon rain barrels, turning them into stunning works of functional art for your porch or yard. 

“This is a one-stop place to learn about water catchment from a variety of professionals and homeowners – some live entirely on rainwater, some use rain catchment only for outside irrigation,” said Karen Ford, Chair of the Rainwater Revival and owner of a Hill Country public affairs company. “All are passionate about lessening their carbon footprints and saving water as well as money. In addition to demonstrations and usable information, there will be equipment vendors, and of course, music, food and fun. Children will especially enjoy the Rain Drop Spot for arts and crafts.” 

The Rainwater Revival is under way from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at the Boerne Convention & Community Center, 820 Adler Road. Admission is free. For information about the event, the speaker lineup or to view the art barrels, visit