Thursday, October 10, 2013

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October 10, 2013
Hill Country News
The Future of San Antonio: Water and Energy Needs Meet Land Use Planning
In her recent contribution to the Rivard Report, Amy Hardberger explains, “The success of the city depends on a plan that includes all aspects of planning including water and energy needs within a land use context. A city cannot predict demand of resources before first determining who it will service, which is dependent on land use decisions.” This is true over the entire Hill Country region, especially beyond the city limits where counties don’t have any land use planning tools at all. Read Amy’s article here.

Water Shortage needs attention
“The Texas Drought: We Can’t Build Our Way Out of It,” Andy Sansom has consistently been delivering this message. A great article from explains. Also, check out an interview with Andy Sansom and Jim Blackburn on Texas Water issues, today at 3pm. Listen live on or later at

HCA partners with AIA COTE for a Night Sky program in San Antonio!
The San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is partnering with HCA to host a screening of “The City Dark” and a presentation by Bill Wren of the McDonald Observatory about night sky lighting. Bill has been traveling the Hill Country teaching simple techniques for lighting to protect our starry skies above. This “COTE Cinema event will be held October 17th. Details

Running Dry
Express-News staff photographer Bob Owen and staff writer Richard Oliver traveled the state from May through September to tell the stories of people whose lives have been changed by the drought.
Read the four-part series.

More Hill Country Headlines

2013 Art Rain Barrels
HCA will be auctioning 7 custom rainbarrels beautifully painted by local artists at the 4th Annual Rainwater Revial on November 2nd.  Proceeds from the auction will fund grants to local schools to be used toward water conservation education and rainwater harvesting projects.  You can bid on your favorite barrel at the auction or you can purchase it in advance at the "buy it now" price.

View the rain barrels and learn about the artists.

Upcoming Events

October 10 in Austin - Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Infrastructure Workshop 2013 - Details

October 12 in Junction - South Llano River Cleanup - Details
October 15 in San Antonio - Free public screening of documentary, "The Story of the San Antonio River - Details
October 15 in San Antonio - San Antonio Energy/Water Nexus - A regional forum on our future - Details

October 16 in San Antonio - Representative Lyle Larson Hosts Town Hall Meeting and 83rd Legislative Session Recap - Details

October 16 in Junction - Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop, Upper Llano River Watershed - Details

October 17 in San Antonio - Green Spaces Alliance Annual Fall Gala - Details
October 17 in San Antonio - COTE’s Annual Autumn Cinema Event - The City Dark: A search for night on a planet that never sleeps” - Details

October 19 in Manchaca - Large-scale rainwater harvesting workshop - Details
October 19 in San Antonio - Mitchell Lake Audubon Societies Ninth Annual Fall Wildlife Festival & Plant Sale - Details

October 20 in San Antonio - Green Spaces Alliance: National Food Day Celebration - Details
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 -

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