DROUGHT & DEMAND: Water conservation a focal point as new style of developments arrive in New Braunfels, Comal County

Hill Country Alliance program director Cliff Kaplan works across the region to promote responsible water use. “It’s kind of become a cliché to say that water is life, but of course, it’s true,” Kaplan said. “None of our communities can exist without water, and if...

A Comal County ranch owner ponders selling his land, setting off another clash between property rights and environmental concerns

Facing a two-lane highway about 13 miles west of New Braunfels, a 546-acre ranch hugging the west fork of Dry Comal Creek has caused a stir in the community. Behind a small gate, hills dotted with live oaks and a few freely roaming horses can be seen. But neighbors...

WATCH: Panelists discuss managing Hill Country development amid finite water resources

Partnerships among land developers, public entities and nonprofits will be vital in managing the Texas Hill Country’s water resources in the coming years, experts said during a panel discussion Wednesday hosted by the San Antonio Report. But whether state legislators...

Kerr County goes big on BMPs: Operators, community activists and the local government are working together to create a more collaborative environment through a focus on voluntary best management practices

In Texas Hill Country, where there had been an acrimonious relationship between aggregate producers and local residents, the two groups came together – along with local government officials and business people – to develop a voluntary best management practice (BMP)...

With midterms ahead, is water on the ballot?

With midterm elections just around the corner, Texas voters must consider immigration, abortion access and gun violence. But when prompted, many worry about water, too. Eighty-four percent of Texas voters want the Legislature to create a fund to update aging water...