Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dripping Springs to be given dark sky award
BY ASHER PRICE - AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
At night in Dripping Springs, the formerly rural Hill Country hamlet, one can see the faint pulsing glow of light from Austin, 20 miles to the east. But the stars overhead still burn bright, thanks, in part, to rules passed a little more than a decade ago to cut down glare under the city’s control.
For trying to keep its skies dark, Dripping Springs joins Flagstaff, Ariz., Borrego Springs, Calif., and Homer Glenn, Ill. as American dark sky communities. Designations are based on stringent outdoor lighting standards and innovative community outreach.