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...

Wastewater plans make Hill Country residents worry Pedernales River could turn into ‘sewer’

Landowners are concerned about the future of the Pedernales River after recent filings for wastewater permits at two developments. The permits ask for permission from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to discharge treated wastewater on land near the river....

Fight ensues over pristine Texas land purchased by billionaire for luxury resort: ‘The alarms went off when people in this area first heard’

Part of the area, perhaps “one of the last remaining ecosystems” in the state, according to the Austin American-Statesman, has been in Lew Adams’ family since the 1940s. The creek and springs feed the Pedernales River, which ran dry in each of the...

Is Austin going to run out of water?

On an unseasonably warm day in 2023, conservationist Robert Mace looked down into the clear spring waters near San Marcos and saw signs of trouble. As executive director at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, he spends his days studying the ecology south...

Hill Country water quality: Challenges and solutions

From supporting a vibrant recreation-based economy, to sustaining our drinking water supplies, clean and clear rivers are the heart of the Hill Country. They have drawn people to the region for centuries. The recent decade of explosive growth and development has...