December: Groundwater & Wells Community Meeting
CCCA's December 2018 guest speaker was Dr. Larry Sunn, who serves on the Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (CTGCD). In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed HB 2407, creating the Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, to operate in accordance with Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code. Chapter 36 grants groundwater conservation districts the authority to adopt rules to manage groundwater, including requirements for well drilling and construction. At the CCCA community meeting, Dr. Sunn explained the complexities of groundwater in the Texas Hill Country and how the CTGCD will begin to monitor and approve wells in the area. Monitoring wells will provide insight on high and low water levels in the Trinity aquifer, and possibly tell us more about the interaction between the Trinity and Edwards. The CTGCD also shares a goal with the CCCA to educate the public on common practices to help keep our water
November: Golden-cheeked Warbler Community Meeting
CCCA's November 2018 guest speaker was Tom Hornseth, the Comal County Engineer. Mr. Hornseth first shared information about the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler (GCW) and its nesting areas in Comal County. He then described the Comal County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (RHCP), which is a plan developed by the County with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Participation is voluntary, but the plan was devised to facilitate meeting Endangered Species Act requirements. Through the plan, the loss of GCW habitat to development can be offset by the purchase of mitigation credits. These credits are then used to buy acreage in preserved GCW habitat. Comal County does not currently have the requisite 500-acre preserve, so mitigation credits have been used to purchase acreage in Bandera County.
October: "Tales of Texas Conservation" Community Meeting
CCCA's October 22018 guest speaker was Jeff Weigel from The Nature Conservancy. He described three different "Tales of Texas Conservation" and he encouraged CCCA to remain persistent and patient in our Comal County efforts. Mr. Weigel described the conservation efforts for the Bracken Cave area, the Shield Ranch in Travis County, and Brazos Woods Preserve.
September: "Self-sustainable Living" Community Meeting
CCCA's September 2018 guest speaker was Rashonta Fancher, local land owner. She detailed her husband's journey of being inspired by national tragedy to become more self-sustainable. She also brought items from their family farm and educated attendees about managing multiple farm animals on 3 acres.
August: Conservation Easements Community Meeting
CCCA's August 2018 guest speaker was James Oliver from Texas Agricultural Land Trust. He explained conservation easements and how they are used to protect lands and prevent fragmentation.
July: Conservation Successes Community Meeting
CCCA's July 2018 guest speaker was Dianne Wassenich from the San Marcos River Foundation. She talked about conservation success stories from Texas and focused on the tracts of land purchased to create walking trails throughout San Marcos. Mrs. Wassenich encouraged CCCA members to remain vigilant in the quest to conserve land.
June: CCCA Starts
CCCA's June 2018 beginning. General meeting of Board members, committee creation & appointment of volunteer chairs and committee members.