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October 23, 2013
Hill Country News

TOMORROW: Texas Water Symposium: A Conversation about Private Property Rights
As we struggle to meet water resource challenges, what is the proper role that government should play regarding land development and other traditionally unregulated issues, in order to protect stream flows and the private property rights of landowners? All are potentially impacted by water marketing and increased withdrawals from aquifers. Moderated by Weir Labatt and featuring Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons, Sharlene Leurig and Garry Merritt. Learn More

Seeing the Milky Way in San Antonio — The Easiest Environmental Problem to Fix
“Whether you’re an astronomer or a casual observer of beauty, if you vacation in the Hill Country, you expect a beautiful landscape during the day and at night. Losing the night sky – like losing the peaceful silence of some Hill Country inns and campsites – would have an impact.” HCA intern Julie Cornelius quoted in the Rivard Report. Read the full story.

Landowners alarmed at re-classification of Hill Country streams
Landowners in the western Hill Country have been alarmed by recent reports that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is re-classifying certain non-navigable streams as navigable, thereby converting private property to state land and opening it to the public. Read reports from Caroline Runge of Menard County, a response from TCEQ and letter from Scott Zesch to Livestock Weekly.

We Love the Texas Master Naturalists in the Hill Country!

This volunteer organization provides hands on training to enhance wildlife and native plant habitats on private lands and in your community. Find helpful resources and events in the most recent Hill Country Chapter newsletter. Find a Master Naturalist Chapter near you  here.

More Hill Country Headlines

4th Annual Rainwater Revival Shows Ease of Harvesting Rainwater for Indoor and Outdoor Use

On November 2 in Boerne, Texas, the Hill Country Alliance will once again host its annual Rainwater Revival – a lively, free event for novices and wannabe harvesters of rainwater. Event-goers can admire and purchase rain barrels that have been turned into functional works of art by Hill Country artists. Learn More

Are you are part of a water conservation related business or organization? There are a few exhibitor booth spaces left. Click here for info and availability.

Upcoming Events
TOMORROW: October 24 in Kerrville - Texas Water Symposium: A Conversation about Private Property Rights and Water - Details

October 25-27 in New Braunfels - Texas Master Naturalist Annual State Meeting -
October 26 in Austin - Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations, David K. Langford presentation and book signing - Details

November 1-2 in Junction - Society for Ecological Restoration Texas Chapter & Texas Riparian Association Joint Conference - The New Ecology: Managing for Resilience in a Changing World - Details

November 2 in Boerne - Join us at HCA's 4th Annual Rainwater Revival! - Details

November 4-8 in Bandera - Watershed Planning Course through Texas Water Resources Institute - Details

November 5-7 in Austin - American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association annual conference: Rainwater Harvesting as an Alternate Water Source - Details

November 7 in San Marcos - The End of Night: Lecture and book signing - Details

November 7 in Fredericksburg - Save Our Scenic Hill Country Annual Membership Meeting - Details

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