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Save the Hill Country: Stop the Pipeline
March 27th, 4-8pm @ Vista Brewing

 

This is a FREE gathering of Central Texans concerned about the proposed Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline. We will have updates on the pipeline, experts speaking, yard signs and stickers, a raffle, and the opportunity to connect with other groups in the region. 

Vista Brewery is a quintessentially beautiful Hill Country venue. There will be farm to table food, craft beer, cider, and wine for sale. There will also be live music by Big Cedar Fever!

Share with your family, friends, neighbors, and please RSVP

Counties, Cities, and Businesses Join Central Texas Residents in Opposition to the Permian Highway Pipeline!

San Marcos City Council Members listen to Kinder Morgan representative, Greg Neal, at their meeting on March 5, 2019.

Hays County and the 4 cities of Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley and Woodcreek all recently passed resolutions unanimously opposing the route of the Permian Highway Pipeline through the fragile and sensitive karst ecosystem of the Texas Hill Country.

Landowners and residents all over Central Texas have been calling their representatives urging them not only to force Kinder Morgan to reroute this project, but also to adopt legislation that protects landowners and gives them a voice when private corporations use eminent domain to take their land for profit. Over 20 Pipeline & Eminent Domain related bills have been proposed for the 86th session.

Many local businesses are upset about this pipeline too as it will negatively affect our local economy which is driven by tourists coming to swim in our rivers and take in our beautiful hill country vistas.

We just created a opposition resolution for businesses to sign. If you own a business or know someone who does please have them sign our resolution.

Our grassroots resistance is working! We have raised over 220K in a matter of weeks. Please help us reach our goal of 300K by our deadline March 27th and spread the word.

With your help we have collected over 3000 signatures! Please share and help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures.

Cypress Creek Nature Trail Master Plan Survey

Please assist the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association and the City of Wimberley Parks Department by completing this public survey. Completion will enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win a Blue Hole Season Pass or a Blue Hole T-Shirt!

Photo by Jean Krecja of Zara Environmental

The projected gas and oil pipeline route overlaid on the map of existing endangered salamander populations.

The Looming Threat to our Endangered Salamanders

The Edwards–Trinity aquifer system of West Central Texas is one of the most species rich groundwater systems in the world. Groundwater dependent species are among the least known aspects of global biodiversity, as well as some of the most vulnerable because of rapid groundwater depletion at regional and global scales.

The Permian Highway Pipeline's current would directly intersect the Lower Glen Rose Karst where many of these endangered salamanders make their home. This could have dire implications to already threatened populations.

These salamanders are the top predators of the aquifer. By hunting amphipods and other small aquatic animals, they help maintain the health of groundwater ecosystems. They are keystone species for preserving water quality in the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. These aquifers supply water for the nearby cities of Austin and San Antonio, industries and agriculture. The loss of these salamanders would compromise the delicate aquifer systems of which they are a critical part.

In addition, the pipeline will bore under the Pedernales River where biologists recently found a new critically endangered golden salamander species!

Even more concerning is that this pipeline sets a dangerous precedent. If the industry gets one pipeline through this area, more are likely to follow.

Over 90 People Attend "Saving Family Lands" Workshop

The "Saving Family Lands: Tools for Landowners in Comal County," was a great success! The Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) and the Hill Country Alliance co-hosted the workshop on February 15, 2019, at the Anhalt Dance Hall in Spring Branch, Texas. The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association was a co-sponsor.

The one-day workshop, which highlighted financial and conservation tools available to rural landowners in fast-growing Hill Country counties, attracted ninety attendees. The workshop was designed to provide farmers, ranchers, and other landowners with effective tools and resources to help them address issues inherent in passing family land on to future generations.

 

Photos from LWCF

House Delivers Historic Victory for Public Lands, Votes to Save America's Most Important Conservation Program

WASHINGTON – In an overwhelming show of bipartisan support for America's most important conservation and recreation program, the House of Representatives voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by a vote of 363 to 62. After passage through the Senate earlier this month, the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) will now be sent to the President's desk. This is the culmination of a years-long effort by Congressional champions on both sides of the aisle, and by stakeholders across the country, to preserve the unique character of this program created as a conservation offset for energy development.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, signed into law on September 3, 1964, established a dedicated means for the conservation and protection of America's irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks. LWCF is the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, civil war battlefields, as well as creating and developing state and local parks. It is rightly characterized as America's most important conservation program.

LWCF does not use any taxpayer dollars – it is funded using a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments. Outdoor recreation, conservation and historic preservation activities contribute more than $887 billion annually to the U.S. economy, supporting 7.6 million jobs.

Source: LWCF Coalition

Photo Credit: Craft Brewing Business 

Brewers Band Together for Clean Water!

Delicious beer relies on the cleanliness of the water it is made from. The health of our watersheds is what imparts the quality and unique flavor to the beer.  We must protect our beer from raindrop to tap. This is the founding principle behind the Texas Brewshed Alliance which we are launching this June.  This is also why brewers nation-wide recently signed a letter to the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the agencies' Dirty Water Rule proposal to slash clean water protections for waterways around the country.

"In 2015, the Obama administration adopted a rule called the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule established guaranteed protections for small streams and wetlands that feed into the drinking water sources of more than 117 million Americans. However, the Trump administration — with the support of industrial polluters — is now trying to undo the Rule and shrink the scope of the law's protections. The administration has proposed a new rule — the Dirty Water Rule — redefining the coverage of the Clean Water Act in a way that excludes many waterways from protection, including approximately half of the country's remaining wetlands and a significant percentage of its streams.

If finalized, this proposal would be the most severe weakening of clean water protections since the Clean Water Act passed in 1972. Write your representatives and tell them how the clean water rule is important to you and your community!

Join the Brewers for Clean Water campaign!

Join us on March 27th from 4-8 PM at Vista Brewery for a Texas Brewshed Alliance Inspired Event!

Source: Craftbrewingbusiness.com

The Golden Cheek Warblers only nest in old growth Ash Junipers. The Permian Highway Pipeline would clear cut a swath right through our prime Golden Cheek Warbler nesting habitat.

Instead of choosing a different route through a less ecologically sensitive area, Kinder Morgan just plans to buy mitigation credits and call it good.

This, of course, will not alleviate the habitat destruction and fragmentation of the many nests here, of which we are the stewards. The Golden Cheek Warblers are very sensitive to disturbances. The magnitude of the consequences of this massive project right through the middle of their habitat is unknown.

2019 official artwork by Clemente Guzman, III (Cactus Wren)

 

23rd Annual Birding Classic

The biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the U.S.!
2019 Tournament Dates: April 15 - May 15, 2019

What is the Birding Classic? Who can join the fun?

  • All levels and ages of birders are welcome to join this Texas birdwatching event during the amazing spring migration.
  • There's a tournament category for everyone - from the beginning backyard birder to the competitive lister!
  • Registration fees raise money for Texas bird and birding conservation project grants.
  • Gather your team, register, and go birding - it's truly that simple.

Upcoming Events

March 23rd
5th Annual Raptors in the Park, Blue Hole Regional Park, Wimberley -  10 - 11:00 am

March 28th
Texas Water Symposium: Water & the 2019 Legislative Session, Austin - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

March 27th
Save the Hill Country: Stop the Pipeline Event at Vista Brewing - 4 - 8:00 pm

March 29th
Dark Skies on Tap: An Evening with McDonald Observatory, Vista Brewing - 5:30 pm
Blue Index Results Exhibition, UT Austin: TAAC Vislab - 5 - 7:00 pm

March 30 & 31st
Texas Night Sky Festival, Dripping Springs
Natural Leaders Summit, San Marcos - 8 - 5:00 pm

April 6th
Free Family Fun Day: Plants & Pollinators, Jacob's Well Natural Area, Wimberley - 12 - 2:00 pm
Blue Hole Star Party, Blue Hole Regional Park, Wimberley - 7 - 10 pm

 

Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association works to create a greater understanding community-wide of the many benefits that flow from a respectful relationship with the land: human health, ecological health, economic sustainability, enriched community life, and the renewal of the human spirit.

The W.V.W.A. is a registered nonprofit organization, under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore all charitable donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


PO Box 2534
Wimberley, Texas 78676
512-722-3390
admin@wimberleywatershed.org

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