Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Neighbor to Neighbor News...Pass it on... Hill Country News.October 6, 2014

Vista Ridge water deal hearing this Wednesday evening in San Antonio
City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 8 on the proposed 30-year, $3.4 billion contract between SAWS and the Vista Ridge Consortium to deliver 50,000 acre-feet of water from Burleson County to San Antonio every year for 30 years starting in 2019 or 2020. Read more from the Rivard Report. Community members including HCA are asking for more time to learn.
The Vista Ridge pipeline project raises a lot of questions
The Vista Ridge pipeline isn’t just about San Antonio, it will affect our regional landscape and economy. “Underlying any discussion about a water purchase and transfer process is the need to demonstrate that the water is needed and, if so, when is it needed and for what uses.” Read “Vista Ridge creates more questions than answers,” from Texas Water Solutions.  San Antonio is one step closer to buying some of the most expensive water ever sold in Texas, just as the deal is drawing more critics. Read more from Texas Tribune. And to help us all read and stay informed, the Alamo Area Sierra Club has created this clearing house of information related to the Visa Ridge pipeline deal.

Have You Thought about the Hill Country Soundscape?

“..the effects of human endeavors all around the planet can be gauged by listening to the sounds of different habitats. Wild, urban, rural — they all can be interpreted.” Read more from Bernie Krause in “Call of the Wild,” featured in Sun Magazine. Find out what neighbors are doing through the Noise Pollution Clearning House.

Texas A&M reports loss of farms, ranches and forests
“Through Texas Land Trends, we have been able to raise awareness that ‘Yes, we have a lot of land in Texas,’ but we are losing it at a faster rate than most other states in the country, and that loss is having profound impacts on our agricultural base, our water resources and our native wildlife habitat.”  Read More about Land Trends.

The Oak Hill “Y” – A gateway to the Hill Country
A community workshop to be held October 9th from 6–8 pm as part of a “Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process,” a planning approach that invites the surrounding communities and neighborhoods to influence the design, so that it reflects their cultural and historic values and aesthetic preferences. Learn more about the event hosted by the CTRMA and TxDot. Explore www.Fix290.org for more information.

Be a citizen scientist for Wildlife Field Research
at Cibolo Nature Center & Farm on Oct. 6-11 Volunteers interested in learning about Hill Country wildlife and contributing to its scientific study are encouraged to become citizen scientists during the Wildlife Field Research “bio-blitz” taking place Oct. 6-11 at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. Wildlife Field Research is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Learn more
"Can the Guadalupe Bass save our Hill Country Rivers?" October 15th in Junction
Come hear about a TPWD initiative to help landowners work together on a watershed scale to protect water quality, quantity and riparian health in the Hill Country. Presentations from Texas Tech, TPWD and the South Llano Watershed Alliance. Learn more

HCA's 2015 Calendar is Available for Sale!
HCA has released their 9th Texas Hill Country Calendar. Once again, this calendar delivers stunning photography while remaining an informative resource on Hill Country conservation. The stunning photographs featured throughout the 2015 calendar were chosen from nearly 400 submissions to HCA’s 2014 Photo Contest.

Upcoming Events


October 7 in Canyon Lake - Public Forum on Trinity Aquifer, presented by The League of Women Voters Comal Area - Details
October 8 in San Antonio - City Hearing on SAWS-Vista Ridge Water Deal - Details
October 8 in San Antonio - Water Forum V: A Regional Forum on our Future - Details
October 15 in Junction - SLWA Guadalupe Bass Workshop - Details
October 16 in San Antonio - Teaming with Wildlife: The State of Nature in Texas, presented by Compassionate San Antonio - Details
October 16 in Boerne - Hill Country Agri-land workshop - Details
October 17-19 in Alpine - Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference: Ecological Restoration in the Southwest - Details

October 24 in Utopia - Stars over Utopia - Learn how to protect our night skies and do some stargazing - Details

October 25 in Dripping Springs - HCA's 5th Annual Rainwater Revival! - Details
October 25 in Wimberley - A Whole Farm Approach to Improving the Water Cycle, presented by HMI - Details

October 29 in Austin - Great Places and Healthy People, presented by Congress for the New Urbanism - Details

October 30 in Austin - Balcones Canyonland Preserve Infrastructure Workshop - Details
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