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Here’s 5 Challenges to Texas Water That Might Surprise You

"Beyond those two big-ticket items — how to pay for water supplies and how to regulate water underground — there are some other smaller challenges the state faces when it comes to water. At a hearing by the House Natural Resources Committee Thursday, several state agencies told lawmakers about the water challenges they’re dealing with." Read more from State Impact.

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Taller billboards could be coming to Texas

Billboards designed to get people’s attention could be getting taller. In a proposal the Texas Department of Transportation has rolled out, drivers on interstates, major roadways and rural areas could see signs as high as 65 feet tall. “It may seem like a small thing coming from a city, but it’s really a big deal and can really negatively impact your experience of Texas Hill Country,” said Katherine Romans with the Hill Country Alliance. Comments can be submitted through July…

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Green Spaces Alliance Hires New Executive Director

Green Spaces Alliance June 23, 2014  Julia Murphy has been tapped as the next Executive Director of Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. As the creator of the San Antonio Bikes program at the City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability, Julia has managed a number of important initiatives as the city is changing its image from a fat city to a fit city and a stronger environmental conscience. Major award-winning projects have included spearheading the implementation of Texas' first…

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Rainwater harvesting communities find fertile ground in Hill Country

Reprinted with permission from the Austin American Statesman Sunday, June 22, 2014 By Andra Lim - American-Statesman Staff Developers and life partners Catherine Werth and Joe Wigley began the usual search for water once they decided to build a neighborhood just outside of Dripping Springs, but ended up settling on an unusual source: the sky. When it rains, each of the 15 homes’ metal roofs will catch the water, which then will collect in a steel drum and flow through…

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TxDOT considers new heights for billboards – public hearing Tuesday

“There [are] two big areas that are going to be impacted, all areas that are outside of cities because counties don't have any regulatory authority over signage... and cities who have not adopted a height regulation,” Lloyd said. “There are many cities in Texas that have no height regulation on billboards because the state is the controlling entity.” Read more from Impact News. The public hearing will be held at 9am on Tuesday, June 24th at 125 E. 11th in…

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First Home Powered by the Sun in Mason

Mason County Habitat for Humanity completed the first Solar PV (photovoltaic) system powered home in the city of Mason. The house was constructed to the latest green building standards and to the 2102 building code energy requirements. Read more from Mason County News.

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Water quality training July 17 in Dripping Springs to focus on Onion Creek

June 23, 2014 Download Flyer DRIPPING SPRINGS – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality issues related to Onion Creek and Barton Springs will be held from 1-5 p.m. July 17 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Rd. in Dripping Springs. The training is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the Hill Country region, said program coordinators. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at The workshop…

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Keeping Rivers Flowing, final webinar this Wednesday, June 25

“Innovative Strategies to Protect and Restore Rivers,” is a 3-part webinar series designed to inform people about strategies to ensure the future health of Texas’ rivers, bays and estuaries. If you missed session one and two, you can find them posted on the Texas Living Waters website. Mark your calendars and register now for the final session on Wednesday, June 25th. Great work by our friends at Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and the Meadows Center for Water and the…

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