January 29, 2010

Texas Water Development Board earns “Atta Boy”

Preserve Our Water commends the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for its decision regarding the protest of the Groundwater Management Area 9 Desired Future Condition (DFC) for the Edwards/Trinity aquifer component. Read full Preserve our Water release here.

January 28, 2010

Garner State Park to Add 177 Acres in Land Purchase

One of Texas’ most beloved outdoor recreation destinations — Garner State Park near Concan — will be adding a 177-acre tract that includes the iconic bluff known as Old Baldy as the result of a land deal struck with a willing, conservation-minded landowner. Read full TPWD media release here.

January 26, 2010

LCRA wants input for long range water supply planning

Now is the time to let LCRA know your ideas for managing the water in the Highland Lakes. Meetings will be held in Austin, Burnet and El Campo, you can also provide input in writing or take an online survey. Learn more…

January 25, 2010

Burnet’s wastewater treatment plant – threats to Lake Travis, not to mention utility bills

The city is planning for a new plant with more than twice the discharge into Hamilton Creek (and Lake Travis). One reader’s comments question the cost and the logic when we know better now and have excellent models for beneficial re-use, smarter more responsible solutions. More…

January 22, 2010

Texas Water Development Board finds GMA 9 future conditions unreasonable

In a special meeting Thursday in Austin, the Texas Water Development Board said the desired future conditions adopted by the executive committee of Groundwater Management Area 9 are unreasonable. The board of directors of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District has strongly backed the GMA-9 position and Cow Creek Board President Tommy Mathews is a member of the GMA-9 executive committee. Thursday’s ruling was a significant blow to local water planners. Read full Boerne Star article here. Read comments about this article here.

January 18, 2010

Groundwater Conservation Districts

Most of the water consumed in Texas is groundwater. As the demand for this precious resource grows, so does its need for management and protection. Read full TECQ article here.

January 17, 2010

Transmission line faces state approval

The state utilities commission will decide on the final route of a 345-kilovolt transmission line that passes through Lampasas County this spring, but first it must review the project and objections at a hearing next month. Read full KDH article here.

January 14, 2010

Citizens Advisory Committee of the Southern Edwards Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan – Meeting Jan 19

Citizens Advisory Committee of the Southern Edwards Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan will be meeting Tuesday, January 19 at San Antonio River Systems – Click here to view agenda.

January 13, 2010

Blanco County conservation work group

The Blanco County News announces a community task force to look and conservation recommendations for programs implemented by the NRCS. January 26th at 9:00 am is your opportunity to be involved. Read full BCN article here.

January 11, 2010

The Desired Future Conditions Conference – Jan 20-21 in Austin

The Texas A&M Graduate Water Program, Texas Agrilife Extension and the Texas Water Development Board have planned a conference addressing pumping limits for Texas’ aquifers and the desired future condition process. Read about the details and how to register here.

January 9, 2010

Green Building lecture and book signing at the Wildflower

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is hosting a free lecture and book signing January 20th at 7pm. Building an Emerald City, is a roadmap to help policy makers, public officials and green building advocates develop programs to create more sustainable communities. Check it out

PEC Bylaws Forum January 13th

Pedernales Electric Cooperative invites its members to participate in a special meeting to look at the Bylaws and potentially for a members “bill of rights”. January 13th, 6-9 pm in Johnson City. Read more

January 7, 2010

Attorney Calls For Centralized Groundwater Management In Texas

“I am convinced that the current system of groundwater management in Texas is an obsolete model and has no place in Texas in the 21st century.” That was one of the opening remarks offered by Steve Kosub, water resource counsel for the San Antonio Water System, at a recent Texas Water Law conference sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law. Read full Livestock Weekly article here.

Texas Water Symposium January 28th in Junction

Join us for the second in the 2009-10 series of discussions and forums about Texas water issues. The symposium’s topic will be “Climate Change and Impacts on Floods, Weather and Drought in Texas: What Controversy?” – Details.

January 6, 2010

Imagine Austin

Be a part of Austin’s Comprehensive Plan – “Imagine Austin”. Learn more, take the survey, host a meeting, be involved, now is the time to provide input and participate! Learn more here.