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Neighbor to Neighbor News June 13, 2013

Neighbor to Neighbor News 
June 13, 2013

Hill Country News
Hays County Town Hall Meeting about Sports Complex Lighting June 20th
Hill Country people appreciate the Night Sky and one growing concern is the proliferation extremely lit sports fields. A town hall meeting focused on the new Central Texas Field of Dreams, will take place at the fire station at 7520 Creek Road in Dripping Springs, Thursday June 20th from 6 – 8. Learn about lighting sports parks from IDA here. Learn about HCA’s Night Sky Program here.

After Rice Farmers Cut off Last Year, Water Use Cut in Half in Central Texas

A great illustration from State Impact of the change in water use with rice farmers cut off last year. Municipal use is now a much bigger piece of the pie, but how much of that 47% is used for watering lawns? Read more from State Impact here. Also, a telling report from Native American Seed about water conservation and taking care of your land. The TCEQ will conduct a public meeting regarding the LCRA water management plan on June 26th.

Subdivision May Threaten World's Largest Bat Colony
This is another unfortunate example of why thoughtful planning with county authority is so necessary. "The land in question is in Comal County, outside of San Antonio city limits. But the San Antonio Water System has agreed to run water mains and sewer lines to the proposed subdivision — the first such agreement SAWS has made with a subdivision entirely within Comal County. The oversized water mains the agency intends to build would also allow easy expansion to future subdivisions in the area. Read more from the  Read more from the Texas Tribune.

A Challenging Future for Hill Country Water
Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD) sums up Hill Country water challenges well, “For the Hill Country to remain viable and for our property to hold its value, there must be water available for our sustenance. Recognizing the limits placed on us and working together, we can find solutions that will support life in the Texas Hill Country for many years into the future”.  Read more from CARD, be involved and spread the word.

More Hill Country Headlines

Rainwater Revival Awards Grants to Hill Country Schools

Three Hill Country schools have each been awarded $1,000 grants to further their plans to bring rainwater harvesting to their schools and education about water resources to their students. “The innovation and enthusiasm that these schools, through their administrators and teachers, bring to their students is very gratifying,” said Karen Ford, a Hill Country Alliance board member and chair of the annual Rainwater Revival. “These students will learn the importance of water conservation and that conservation is easy, fun, and a very important thing to do.” Learn More

Upcoming Events

June 15 in Cedar Park - Texas rainwater harvesting at a crossroads - a town hall meeting - Details

June 18 in San Antonio - Sierra Club meeting, "The Battle for the Warbler" - Details

June 21 in San Antonio - Edwards Aquifer Authority presents: Groundwater - Texas Style - Details
June 24 in Kerrville - Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Monthly Meeting - Drought: Past, Present and Future - Free and open to the public - Details

June 26 in Austin - TCEQ Stakeholder Meeting on LCRA Water Management Plan - Details

August 20 in San Antonio - Sierra Club meeting, "The Inner Workings of the Edwards Aquifer" - Details

August 22-29 in San Marcos - 2013 Texas Groundwater Summit - Details

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