Archive for April, 2012

High School Students are invited to State Youth Water Camp

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The 2012 State Youth Water Camp will be July 8-12 at the Bentley 4-H Center in Monahans. The camp is open to high school students who are interested in water conservation and water issues and is co-sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and Upper Pecos Soil and Water Conservation District.

According to organizers, the five-day educational camp is planned to teach the importance of water stewardship, train them in water conservation and preservation and illustrate how Texas’ water resources are being used by industry, agriculture and municipalities. Activities include hands-on experiences, guest speakers and field trips.

Applications and information are available at ward.agrilife.org or from any AgriLife Extension office. Applications must be received in the AgriLife Extension office in Ward County by May 18. Participants will be informed of their acceptance by May 31.

Registration is $150 and is due by June 8. Soil and water conservation districts, ground water conservation districts and youth organizations are sources of scholarships. The water camp is open to all Texas youth, but space is limited so organizers encourage early registration. Adult project leaders may also apply but must pass a background check before participating.

For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Ward County at 432-943-4112 or visit ward.agrilife.org.

The camp is partially funded through the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, which is administered by the Texas Water Resources Institute.

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Reliant Energy Supports GEAA through Carbon Offset Campaign

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Aside from your membership dues, one of the most reliable sources of operational funding comes through our membership in EarthShare of Texas. During April there are two EarthShare inititatives that GEAA will benefit from.

GEAA is pleased to announce the second year of The Reliant EcoShareSM, a way that Texans can support GEAA and offset their own carbon production at the same time. Reliant and EarthShare of Texas have launched a program that allows Reliant customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. And for each customer-purchased offset, Reliant will make a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations. As an EarthShare of Texas participating organization, GEAA will benefit from this program.

For more information, follow this link to the EarthShare of Texas website: http://www.earthshare-texas.org/2012/02/the-reliant-ecosharesm-program-supports-texas.html or go directly to http://reliant.com/ecoshare

We are also pleased to announce that H-E-B has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the beneficiary of its in-store coupon promotion for April, in recognition of Earth Day. This means that customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill.

H-E-B has supported many EarthShare of Texas organizations with corporate grants or in-kind contributions. The April tear-pad promotion enables H-E-B customers to support the program work of Earth Share of Texas organizations. GEAA will benefit, because the contributions will be divided among EarthShare of Texas organizations with program work in Central Texas and San Antonio.

Look for the EarthShare of Texas display and tear-off coupons at the check-out stands in H-E-B stores and the Central Markets store April 4th through April and into the first week in May. And help support EarthShare of Texas and the Texas environment!

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GEAA 8th Anniversary Party

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The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance requests the honor of your presence in celebrating our 8th anniversary with a party & steak dinner.

Hosted by the San Geronimo Valley Alliance
to be held at the White Ranch in Helotes, Texas
on Saturday, May 19th
from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(dinner served at 7:00)

Steak Dinner and Open Bar
featuring fine wines and beer courtesy of Blue Star Brewery
Vegetarian option prepared by Chef Dianne

Silent Auction and Raffle
$150.00/ticket for non-members
$125.00/ticket for members
(each ticket admits 2 guests)

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by mailing payment to:

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
PO Box 15618
San Antonio, Texas 78212

All proceeds benefit GEAA. For additional information contact Annalisa at annalisa@aquiferalliance.org / 210-320-1457

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