The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together a diverse coalition of partners to preserve the open spaces, starry night skies, clean and abundant waters, and unique character of the Texas Hill Country.

Community Resilience

As our region reacts to ongoing challenges, the Hill Country Alliance is working to keep you connected.

Our Work

Oak trees sprawl out, casting shade over a yellow field of tall grass.


The Texas Hill Country region covers over 11 million acres in 17 counties of mostly privately held land.

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Thirteen Texas rivers begin in the Hill Country and provide water for millions of downstream neighbors.

The Milky Way illuminates a brilliant blue, starry sky over a Hill Country river.

Night Sky

The Hill Country sits on the edge of night and as development pushes westward, we are losing our view of the night sky.

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90% of Hill Country lands are in unincorporated areas where there is little authority to plan for growth.

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HCA serves as the backbone organization and fiscal sponsor of the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network.

Latest News

‘Kerrville Runs On Water’

An appropriate rain filled afternoon marked the official unveiling of the new mural Saturday on the East End Market building on Water Street. The event was sponsored by the Kerrville Runs on Water and the Upper Guadalupe River Authority. The massive mural was painted...

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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...

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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...

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"The report shows that $639 million in conservation investments conservatively yielded over $2.8 billion in Return on Conservation™ value in FY 2019," @TexanbyNature™-Report-Reveals-Texas-Conservation-Investments-Yield-41-Financial-Returns


Just why is it so hot? Good explainer in this article from @TexasStandard! "Gulf waters have heated to about the same temperatures as last year... it compounds that trapped heat, saturating the air and creating the conditions under the dome." #heatdome

Being able to gather data on water quality - especially during times of drought - is crucial for planning and for better understanding iconic springs like Jacob's Well. Kudos to Hays County for continuing this research! #txwater #jacobswell #wimberley

Who wants to join us for a #workshop out in the field on a dry creek bed in August? ☀️

JUST KIDDING! Thanks to all who joined us this spring for #HCALand program workshops and tours in San Antonio, Lakehills, Johnson City, and Boerne. We'll see you in the fall for more! 🥵


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