On May 14, 2019, in the creek between Mark Black Wedding Venue project and the Ila Creek subdivision, Hays County, TX

No rainfall today.

And yet:

 

 

 

Photo credits:

All photos taken by Dr. Carlos Torres-Verdin in the morning, Tuesday May 14, 2019, as he stood on his property, looking into the creek that runs between the Mark Black Wedding Venue project and Ila Creek.

If you’d like to let TCEQ know what you think, or to ask simply “what is going on with our creek? what is in that water? why is this the second time this is happening?” etc. then:

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Upstream photo below, taken 11:35am on May 14, 2019, by Jeanine Christensen, while standing in the Radiance community greenbelt:

 

If you get your water from a well that draws from the Trinity Aquifer, please read this

Kyle City Council unanimously condemns Permian Highway Pipeline, requests immediate legislative action

https://communityimpact.com/austin/san-marcos-buda-kyle/editors-pick/2019/02/15/at-kinder-morgans-permian-highway-meeting-state-rep-erin-zwiener-says-new-bill-will-reflect-concerns-about-pipeline/

Hundreds attend Permian Highway Pipeline meeting in Wimberley

CI EXCLUSIVE: Zwiener discusses proposed Permian Highway Pipeline, Hays County priorities ahead of 86th Texas legislative session

Petition: Designate Texas Ranch-to-Market Roads 1826, 150 and 967 “Scenic Highways”

Here’s what our petition says:

From the wildflowers that Lady Bird Johnson adored, to the dramatic rise and fall of tree-covered limestone hills in the Texas Hill Country, our country roads are a treasure. Texas Ranch to Market Roads 1826, 150 and 967 reward travelers with natural vistas, cool clear creeks, and wide open skies filled with stars, sunrises, and sunsets every day.

We the undersigned want to keep the Texas Hill Country SCENIC.

Central Texas is experiencing explosive growth. Data from The U.S. Census Bureau shows Hays County is the 4th fastest-growing county in the United States (see https://communityimpact.com/austin/san-marcos-buda-kyle/city-county/2018/03/22/hays-county-ranked-4th-fastest-growing-county-country/ ).

The increase in the number of motorists along our Ranch to Market roads has triggered a proliferation of billboards on our roads. Billboards are not mere eyesores: their lighting endangers human health and pollutes the night skies that are iconic to this region of Texas.

Further, healthy Texans are productive Texans. We need our nighttime dark. Light pollution has a direct negative bearing on human health and circadian rhythms:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2627884/

Artificial lights at night don’t just affect people. Wildlife is also affected negatively, with impacts on migration and reproduction:
http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/full/10.1139/er-2014-0005#.XFxfwdFJnwc

Last but not least, billboards may have a negative impact on property values of nearby homes and neighborhoods.

For these reasons, we ask the Texas Legislature to acknowledge the value of these roads we love by designating Texas Ranch to Market Roads 1826, 150 and 967 as “Scenic Highways” in Hays County.

We ask the 86th Legislature to help preserve the scenic beauty and character of Ranch to Market Roads 1826, 150 and 967 by supporting legislation that keeps the beauty of the Texas Hill Country intact.

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.
May they be so, forever.

If you agree, please sign our petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/texas-house-representative-erin-zwiener-district-45-designate-texas-ranch-to-market-roads-1826-150-and-967-scenic-highways

SM Corridor News: Commissioners Approve Resolution In Support Of Legislation To Prohibit Billboards On Highways In Hays County

https://smcorridornews.com/commissioners-approve-resolution-in-support-of-legislation-to-prohibit-billboards-on-highways-in-hays-county/

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Commissioners considered and approved the adoption of a resolution in support of Rep. Erin Zwiener’s House Bill 1303, which will add several highways in Hays County to a list of roadways where billboards will be prohibited.

The bill will add FM 1826, RM 150 and RM 967 to Section 391, Subchapter 1, of the Transportation Code, which lists certain state highways in Texas in which limitations on off-premise signage exist. …

 

Austin American Statesman: U.S. Judge rebuffs George P. Bush endangered species de-listing effort

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190207/us-judge-rebuffs-george-p-bush-endangered-species-de-listing-effort

The Golden Cheeked Warbler continues to be a federally protected endangered species.

Here’s a map of Golden Cheeked Warbler habitat in Central Texas:

Figure 1. Map inset shows (in red) the top 100 fastest
growing cities in the U.S. in golden-cheeked warbler
habitat breeding range.
Photo credit: USFWS

source:
https://www.fws.gov/ecological-services/highlights/07252016.html

 

Find out more about this shy migratory bird, and why it’s important:

https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=B07W

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Balcones_Canyonlands/GCW.html

 

 

KXAN: Neighbors file suit against Terry Black’s BBQ wedding venue

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/neighbors-file-suit-against-terry-black-s-bbq-wedding-venue/1560956550

 

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — The dispute continues between Hays County residents and one of the biggest names in Texas barbeque.

The Black family, behind Terry Black’s barbeque in Austin, has purchased property near Dripping Springs with the hopes of turning it into a large wedding venue. Neighbors have fought the project before, but now they have filed a lawsuit.

KVUE: Neighborhood bringing lawsuit to meeting about Austin barbecue pit masters’ wedding venue

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/neighborhood-bringing-lawsuit-to-meeting-about-austin-barbecue-pit-masters-wedding-venue/269-609103909

 

HAYS COUNTY, Texas — One day before Mark Black of Terry’s BBQ is reportedly set to appear before the Hays County Commissioners Court to discuss a wastewater permit, a Hays County subdivision is planning to appear to bring its pending lawsuit to light.

The board of trustees with the Radiance subdivision — a community of about 100 people approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Austin — said they filed a lawsuit on Sept. 26 with the Hays County State District Court in regard to a road called Concord Circle.