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June 16, 2014

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TWDB Board to approve financial assistance at Board meeting on June 18
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a Board meeting to approve financial assistance for numerous water projects across the state. Projects to be considered for financial assistance include emergency water supply and water supply projects, wastewater treatment plant improvements, a new wastewater treatment plant and an agricultural conservation center. Learn more

Hill Country Alliance Urges Texas Water Development Board to Make Conservation Priority in Funding State Water Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) soon will announce draft rules and priorities for how SWIFT funds will be spent. In advance of that announcement, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) convened a roundtable discussion in Blanco on June 4th where HCA board, advisory team and other water and land stewardship experts discussed a range of solutions that could save money and provide water to see the state through future severe droughts. Read more

Rainwater Revival call for sponsors and exhibitors
HCA is currently accepting sponsor and exhibitor applications for the 5th annual Rainwater Revival to be held October 25th in Dripping Springs. Help HCA promote rainwater harvesting as a viable Hill Country water supply. Rainwater collection professionals and enthusiasts will gather for this “edufest” designed to teach and inspire the practice of rainwater collection. This event will be open to the public and free to attend. Learn more and get involved.

Smart Growth Online
Around the county, communities are choosing healthy solutions for how our cities and towns respond to population growth. Smart Growth Online is a great resource for the latest trends in green infrastructure, urban agriculture, walkable and transit oriented developments and innovative development practices. The next generation is demanding a better way than traditional sprawl patterns. Find helpful articles, events and resources here.
TWA On-Demand Webinar Previews on iTunes U
The Texas Wildlife Association has collaborated with the Texas Education Agency to create On-demand youth webinars. This educational tool for teachers and parents is a great resource for teaching our next generation about taking care of the natural world. Learn more

HCA Issue Paper: Healthy Riparian Areas
The values we appreciate about hill country streams - namely clean flowing water, fish and wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge, recreational and scenic enjoyment are the result of healthy functioning riparian areas.

Upcoming Events

June 19 in San Antonio - San Antonio River Authority Environmental Film Fest - Details
June 20-22 in Hunt - Get close-up to nature, Field Macro Photography Workshop at the historic MO Ranch - Details

June 23 in Kerrville - Hill Country Master Naturalist Meeting, Topic: Hill Country Native Plants We Need to Conserve, Speaker: Botanist Bill Carr - Free and open to the public - Details
June 25 - Keeping Rivers Flowing Webinar Series #3: The Historic Murray-Darling Basin - Details
June 28 - 10th Annual Great American Backyard Campout - Details

July 11 in Boerne - 2014 New Landowner Series: Back to Basics, Home Gardening, Chickens, Natural vs. Organic - Presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Details

July 23 in Spring Branch - Comal County Land & Water Expo - Hosted by the Central Texas Conservation Partnership - Details

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