"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.
Monarch butterflies are heading to San Antonio in a year that could claim the largest migration in a decade.
Based on robust activity in the monarchs’ primary Midwestern breeding grounds, Monarch Watch founder and expert Chip Taylor predicted “the migration should be the strongest since 2008.” Taylor shared the promising outlook in a recent population update on the monarch butterfly conservation organization’s blog.
Read the full article by Monika Maekle here.
In recognition of the support New Braunfels Parks and Recreation receives throughout the year from volunteers, the department hosted the 10th annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on September 13th at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.
Volunteer efforts are visible throughout the community in projects such as park cleanup, tree planting and mulching, trail building and repair, planting and weeding landscape beds and assistance at special events. Over the past 11 years, park volunteers contributed a total of 29,600 hours valued at $682,872 in labor costs.
“The amount of time that our volunteers donate yearly is remarkable. We began tracking our volunteer efforts in 2007, this year marked the 10th anniversary of our Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards,” said Stacey Dicke Parks and Recreation Director. “The department is truly privileged to have this quantity and quality of service contributed by these fine men, women and organizations.”
The event was themed “A Decade of Dedication.” Several volunteers and organizations were recognized with specific awards for their contributions to the Parks and Recreation Department and community as a whole.
The department has an array of volunteer opportunities for individuals, small groups and large organizations. For more information on the volunteer program call 830-221-4367 or visit www.nbtexas.org.
2018 Volunteer Service Award Winners
Mike Valerio – Frank Chapa Golf Service Award
Rosemary Melody – Trail Blazer Award
Brad Herbelin – PARD’ner Award
Sharon Suchy – Solid as a Rock
Jimmy and John Owens – Golden Hammer Award
Cemetery Committee – Seele Education Award
Jeff Scott – Sweetheart Award
Byrne Construction – Emmie Faust Award
Das Rec Gala Committee – Bud Dallmann Award
Albert Frank – Roger Dolle Award
Headwaters at the Comal – Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award
New Braunfels Christian Academy – Jesse Garcia Youth Volunteer Award
Lauren Clawson – Skinner Legacy Award
David Hubbard – City of a Prince Award
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, in partnership with Joni Charles, associate professor in the McCoy College of Business Administration, has released findings from a year-long study that explores public knowledge of groundwater issues, including availability and quality...
A majority of respondents did understand what groundwater is, but only seven respondents could answer which aquifer was the source of their groundwater. This shows that for groundwater conservation efforts to be effective, groundwater conservation districts should increase educational efforts to connect resident knowledge to a watershed perspective...
Read the full story by Jayme Blaschke here.
The Texas Water Conservation Scorecard, released in 2016, was a first-of-its-kind, big-picture look at water utilities across Texas, evaluating them on their water conservation practices. Now, it has been updated with two more years’ worth of data. Read the full article here.
"Developers planning a subdivision of more than 2,300 homes in Comal County want to build a sewage treatment plant to discharge into one of the most pristine, spring-fed streams left in the Hill Country.
According to a permit application filed with state environmental regulators, up to an average of 500,000 gallons of treated sewage effluent per day could be headed for Honey Creek, which flows through Honey Creek State Natural Area on its way to the Guadalupe River."
Read the full article by Brendan Gibbons here.