Seizing the moment for rural water infrastructure

Seizing the moment for rural water infrastructure

In February, 2021, Winter Storm Uri shined a light on the fragility of our state’s infrastructure as an energy crisis quickly evolved into a water crisis. However, even before Texas was plunged into the ice, our state’s water infrastructure systems received a C- for...
Protecting the Nueces, a lesson of love and legacy

Protecting the Nueces, a lesson of love and legacy

Editorial by Sky Jones Lewey, Nueces River Authority (retired) Fighting to protect water quality in Texas Hill Country waterways is nothing new. I had the privilege to watch, learn from, and help my parents back in the early 1980s as they raised awareness and...
There oughta be a law (But there’s probably not!)

There oughta be a law (But there’s probably not!)

Editorial by Francine Romero, University of Texas at San Antonio After visiting Gruene recently and encountering the explosion of new housing developments along the old rural roads leading to downtown, I was further disheartened to read that 252 duplex units on 22...
Director’s Note: Pristine Streams Petition Hearing on March 30, 2022

Director’s Note: Pristine Streams Petition Hearing on March 30, 2022

A note from HCA Executive Director, Katherine Romans The Commissioners of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) had the opportunity Wednesday to initiate a rule making process to protect the few remaining pristine streams in the state of Texas. Brought...
Open Space is the key to keep the Hill Country thriving

Open Space is the key to keep the Hill Country thriving

Editorial by Frank Davis, Hill Country Conservancy Anyone who is familiar with the natural areas of the Texas Hill Country will attest to their beauty and wondrous nature. Crystal clear spring-fed streams, steep canyons and bluffs, majestic forests, and...
‘State of the Hill Country’ looks at effects of population boom

‘State of the Hill Country’ looks at effects of population boom

Population in the Texas Hill Country is expected to double within the next 30-35 years with most of the newcomers settling into unincorporated areas, according to to a recent report by the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network. The report looks at eight key metrics...