December Program: Groundwater & Wells
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 program, 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 sources clean.
November Program: Golden-cheeked Warbler
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 Program: "Tales of Texas Conservation"
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 Social: "Celebration for Conservation"
On September 18, 2018, CCCA hosted the inaugural event and first fundraiser at the Gruene Grove patio bar. We celebrated the beauty of Comal County with live music, free appetizers, and a silent auction.
September Program: "Self-sustainable Living"
August Program: Conservation Easements
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 Program: Conservation Successes
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.