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Neighbor to Neighbor - News and Events November 6, 2013

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November 6, 2013
Hill Country News
Water myths debunked at CCGCD meeting
Nearly 100 people packed the community room at Patrick Heath Public Library recently to learn about water sources in Kendall County through a program put on by the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District. During the presentation Bob Webster, a member of the CCGCD Education Committee, began by debunking myths about the aquifers that provide water in Kendall County. “It’s amazing how many people believe an aquifer is an underground lake,” Webster said. “Unlike the Edwards Aquifer, our aquifers have a limited amount of open space. It’s not like a big underground lake.” Read the full  Boerne Star article. View and share this CCGCD publication that could change the way we think about water throughout the Hill Country region.

Rain Barrels: Living with Drought, Rain or Shine

It might have been a clear, crisp fall day in Boerne, but inside the Boerne Civic Center it was raining a solid schedule of rainwater harvesting information at the 4th annual Rainwater Revival. This Hill Country Alliance (HCA) event brought together a full day’s schedule of rainwater experts and professionals to teach and demonstrate a sure way to end all your water woes. Read the full story in the Rivard Report.

CAMPO encourages more community involvement
The new CAMPO website features a pretty bluebonnet-lined Hill Country road on the cover, what are we doing to protect this vision? A new video featuring CAMPO leaders kicks off a new public input vehicle - Mind Mixer. What’s important to you as we grow this region? Quality of life, clean water, natural resource protection, open spaces, rail and bike options? Let CAMPO know.

Let’s Talk About Turf
The choice for cities facing water shortages now or in the future is clear: invest in expensive new water supplies or invest in programs to reduce water use, including outdoor water use. Several smart Texas cities chose the latter. San Antonio Water System provides rebates to customers who agree to reduce their turf grass and to replace it with plants from an approved drought-tolerant plant list. More from

Thinking about a Conservation Easement?
Now is the time because current enhanced tax incentives expire Dec 31. Rules regarding amount of the deduction and the number of years you can take the deduction are about to change. Contact your local land trust for more information. Learn about conservation easements and land trusts working in the Hill Country  here.

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November 15 in Floresville - Watershed Protection and Management Workshop - Details

November 16 in San Antonio - Green Spaces Alliance Workshop: Design and Maintenance-Permaculture Style - Details
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Learn what David K. Langford has to say about land stewardship, spring flow and GCD’s.

Upcoming Events
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
November 9 in Blanco - Stars in the Park at Blanco State Park - Details
November 9 in San Antonio - Book Sale, Book Signing and Photography Exhibit & Sale for David K. Langford's Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations - Details

November 12 in Fredericksburg - “Chasing Rivers" - Geographer Dr. Jim Kimmel & photographer Jerry Touchstone Kimmel, authors of The San Marcos: A Rivers Story & Exploring the Brazos, share their adventures from a lifetime of studying, photographing, teaching, & writing about rivers - Details

November 15 in San Antonio - EAA Lecture Series: Karst Geomorphology with Special Focus on Dinaric Karst - Details
November 19 in San Antonio - Alamo Sierra Club meeting - The City's Goals: The New Comprehensive Plan - Details

November 23 in Spicewood - Town Hall Water Meeting presented by Central Texas Water Coalition - Details

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