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Texas Parks & Wildlife Halts Planned Sandy Creek Dredging Operation

Texas Parks & Wildlife halts planned Sandy Creek dredging operation

Landowners Steve Nash and Fermin Ortiz agree on one thing. There is a sand and silt issue in Sandy Creek and Lake LBJ; however they disagree adamantly on what to do about it. “The problem is in the lake. Get it out of the lake,” said Ortiz, whose family owns thousands of acres adjacent to Sandy Creek upstream of Lake LBJ in Llano County. Nash, a developer also owns land about two-and-a-half miles upstream of the confluence of where the…

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Landowners, Volunteers Wade Into Riparian Restoration Effort

Landowners, volunteers wade into riparian restoration effort

While the cooler temperatures March 2 were enough to send some people inside, a number of folks rolled up their sleeves, and pants legs, sowed seeds, and planted vegetation along a stretch of Sandy Creek. “We want to be proactive by doing riparian zone restoration,” Fermin Ortiz said. He and about 25 local landowners, concerned residents, and volunteers gathered along the creek at CR 316 in Llano County. Ortiz and several other residents and landowners are concerned about a sand-mining…

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Landowners Work To “heal” Sandy Creek After Flood

Landowners work to “heal” Sandy Creek after flood

An effort to restore Sandy Creek has taken root in Llano County. About 25 landowners, conservationists and other volunteers attended the Sandy Creek Riparian Restoration Field Day March 2 on private property (County Road 316) adjacent to Sandy Creek to assess land and put so-called revegetation efforts into practice. “People like myself and other professionals, we really didn't think about rivers. They were just part of the landscape,” said Steve Nelle, a Natural Resource Conservation Service retiree. “We didn't know…

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Texas Water Symposium Will Explore Extreme Flooding In The Lone Star State

Texas Water Symposium will explore extreme flooding in the Lone Star state

The next recording of the Texas Water Symposium is planned for 7pm on Thursday, November 15th with a conversation about how man-made infrastructure can influence flooding in Hill Country creeks and rivers. The program, titled The future of flooding in Texas: How do we protect life and property in the face of extreme weather events?  will be held at the Texas State University Teaching Theater in San Marcos, Texas. Texas Water Symposium radio broadcast recordings are free and open to…

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Blanco River named 2018 “Water To Watch” by National Fish Habitat Partnership

The Blanco River is one of the primary river networks that Central Texas communities depend upon for drinking water, flood abatement, agricultural production and recreation. Thanks to collaborative conservation work conducted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), landowners and other local partners, the Blanco River was named one of 20 “Waters to Watch” by the National Fish Habitat Partnership in 2018. The “Waters to Watch” are voluntary, locally-driven projects representing some of the top conservation activities in progress implemented by…

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Lake Austin Fish Habitat Enhanced By Texas Parks And Wildlife Department, Local Partners

Lake Austin fish habitat enhanced by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, local partners

AUSTIN – Lake Austin, once considered to be one of the top trophy bass fishing destinations in the nation, has experienced a decline in natural fish habitat in recent years due to efforts to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. Without plentiful habitat it can be a challenge for anglers to target sport fish that seek cover in vegetation, like largemouth bass. In an effort to restore balance to the reservoir and provide the habitat that sport fish need to thrive, Texas Parks…

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River Revival: Restoring A Once-vital Waterway With Recycled Wastewater

River Revival: Restoring a once-vital waterway with recycled wastewater

The Santa Cruz River once flowed year-round in Tucson, AZ, supporting one of the largest mesquite forests in the world.  But urban development and extensive groundwater withdrawals in recent years caused the river’s volume to dwindle. Today, city administrators hope to use recycled effluent to restore the river’s flow to historic levels and revive riparian habitats... Read more from the Forester Daily News.

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River Cane Eradication Digs Into Third Year

River cane eradication digs into third year

The joint project to eradicate Arundo donax, also called river cane or giant cane, is going into its third year along Barons Creek and Town Creek in and around Fredericksburg. The project combines Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Fredericksburg and the Hill Country Alliance in an effort to rid the area of the invasive and fast-growing plant in river basins. Read more from the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post.

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Reforestation Experts Help Restore A Wild Blanco River

Reforestation experts help restore a wild Blanco River

Each week, Ina Alexatos drives throughout Wimberley in a Subaru Forester with the words Trees for the Blanco printed across the side. She visits riverside landowners one by one to consult them on letting their banks go wild. She then stakes orange flags to mark where a variety of trees — bald cypress, sycamore, pecan — will be planted by volunteers, private contractors or Texas Conservation Corps. Alexatos works as the reforestation coordinator on the Blanco River for Austin-based nonprofit…

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Students Work To Enhance Habitat Along Comanche Creek

Students Work to Enhance Habitat along Comanche Creek

On Tuesday, November 7th, students from Mason High School spent the day along Comanche Creek at Fort Mason City Park. As part of the School District’s Blue-Ribbon Service Day, these five students learned about the importance of creek-side (riparian) systems, and the negative impacts of non-native, invasive plants such as Chinaberry trees. “When riparian areas have a diversity of native grasses, shrubs and trees, they provide people with a variety of values,” said Daniel Oppenheimer, at the Hill Country Alliance.…

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