Thursday, February 13, 2014

Neighbor to Neighbor News February 11, 2014

Hill Country News
Dripping Springs Named The First International Dark Sky Community In Texas
The stars at night remain big and bright deep in the heart of the Texas – thanks to the hard work and dedication of Texas Hill Country residents. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced today it has designated the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas. “Dripping Springs joins a select club as the world’s sixth Dark Sky Community,” said IDA Ex-ecutive Director Bob Parks. Read More
A Water Primer from our friends at the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA)
“Springs occur where groundwater from saturated aquifers escapes to the surface, usually amid exposed and broken rock along fault lines, such as the 300 mile “spring line” along the Balcones Escarpment in Central Texas... Springs form the headwaters of some of Texas’s rivers and streams, and many provide crucial seasonal or year-round flow.” Learn more about water in Texas from this recent issue of Texas Wildlife.

Multi-county new landowner series to address all phases of agricultural production
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is accepting applications for its 2014 New Land Owners Series (NLOS), which will take place in Blanco, Kendall, Kerr and Gillespie Counties in Texas Hill Country. Participants in the program will hear from Extension experts in various fields about best management practices they can implement on their own property. The series will consist of 6 program meetings, beginning March 21. Learn More

Kudos to SAWS, but Day case is the real problem, not GCDs
“Kudos are due to SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente for choosing a closer-to-home strategy that, along with continued efficiency improvements, will help the City meet its water needs far into the future. Here is hoping that the SAWS board and the Mayor give full support to this sensible approach. But, in the press release announcing the decision, SAWS expressed concern about the role of groundwater districts…” Read more from Mary Kelly, Texas Center for Policy Studies. Hill Country GCD’s need to protect spring flow.

Water Woes Common,But is That Any Comfort?
“…mine are not views of water issues as seen through a politician’s, chambers of commerce’ or developers’ rose colored glasses. Water is too critical and too big an issue to play games with in giving the citizens the facts.”  Read more from the Hill Country’s Mike Mecke, published in Ranch and Rural Living Magazine.

Exploring Conservation Design in Central Texas - Rescheduled for 5.16.14
Randall Arendt will be back in Austin May 16 for this full day of Conservation Development education. The program also features a low impact development presentation by Karen Bishop of the San Antonio River Authority and a panel discussion with city planners, land developers, and landscape architects to discuss key opportunities and challenges to implementing conservation design in Central Texas. Learn More

Upcoming Events
February 14 in San Antonio - Earth-Kind Landscaping Workshop - Details
February 14 & 21 - San Antonio Environmental Challenges: Opportunities in Resiliency - Two-Day Conference - Details

February 25 in San Marcos - Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium - Keeping Your Head Above Water: Maximizing Alternate Water Sources - Details
February 26-28 in Austin - 2014 Texas Land Conservation Conference - Details

March 1 - HCA Photo Contest Begins!

March 1-2 in Bastrop - Texas Audubon Chapter Assembly, featuring Andy Sansom - Details

March 7 in Fredericksburg - 2014 New Landowner Series: Introduction, Neighbor Relations, Tax Valuations, Well and Septic Permits, Grazing and Hunting Leases - Presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Details
March 17-23 - National Wildlife Week! Wildlife and Water: From the Mountains to the Rivers to the Oceans - National Wildlife Week gives families, educators and community groups the chance to connect kids with wildlife and explore the world around them - Details

March 21-22 in Bandera - First event in the Bandera County Water Awareness Series - Workshop free and open to the public - Details

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