On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the massive bill that allocates billions of dollars in subsidies to American farmers and legalizes hemp, among other measures... According to the Associated Press, the legislation sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years and provides more than $400 billion in farm subsidies, conservation programs and food aid for the poor. It reauthorizes crop insurance and conservation programs, fund trade programs, bioenergy production and organic farming research. Read the full article here.
The City of New Braunfels has a new ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wildlife. The Watershed Protection Plan is intended to protect and preserve the water quality in Dry Comal Creek and the Comal River, and it recommends discouraging the feeding of wildlife in order to minimize bacteria loading to our waterways as well as multiple other reasons. See the full article here: https://bit.ly/2UpLz9I
To read the City of New Braunfels press release, click here.
The Great Springs Project and the Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) teamed up to create a new map showing the protected lands of the Edwards Aquifer. The map clearly shows that more land protection is needed to preserve the aquifer that supplies millions of people with drinking water.
Comal County is particularly sparse when it comes to protected lands. CCCA aims to use this map to illustrate the urgent need for conservation in the area. For the full-size version of the map, click here.
The outdoor-centered store REI decided to close its doors for Black Friday and encourage customers and employees to go hiking instead. For #OptOutside, REI asks people to enjoy the outdoors instead of Black Friday shopping. Read the full article here.
REI also pulled together inspiration and the knowledge of our amazing inspired guides at www.REI.com/opt-outside. Search by zip code or by the activity you want to try out.
“Imagine A Day Without Water” is today. For the past two weeks, I have been sending water conservation tips via Twitter and Facebook. This is my top 10 list of things I would miss the most if there was no drinkable water left in the world.
Huge problems happen without water because it’s our most precious natural resource. But thousands of people don’t realize that water is finite – meaning it doesn’t last forever. The more water we contaminate, the harder it is to clean, and at some point, the water becomes unusable. The world was horrified at what happened with Flint, Michigan, water. We need to be mindful of water usage and protect our water infrastructure. How? In the United States, make sure your federal and state representatives make water infrastructure a priority! On a personal level, try conserving where you can. How much water do you use?
- Georgia Shaffer
"Imagine a Day Without Water" is on October 10, 2018. It's the perfect time to talk about water conservation and be thankful for our aquifers. Xeriscape is defined as a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or other maintenance. In the Texas Hill Country, xeriscape or native plants can help drastically reduce watering. Learn more about Texas natural landscaping here.