The Blanco River

Author: Wes Ferguson
Publisher: River Books, Sponsored by the
ISBN: 1623495105
Release Date: 2017-03-08
Genre: History

For eighty-seven miles, the swift and shallow Blanco River winds through the Texas Hill Country. Its water is clear and green, darkened by frequent pools. But Spanish explorers named it the White River for the pale limestone they encountered along its banks and dramatic bluffs. Over the last two years, Wes Ferguson and Jacob Botter have paddled, walked, and waded the Blanco. They have explored its history, people, wildlife, and the natural beauty that surprises everyone who experiences this river. Described as "the defining element in some of the Hill Country's most beautiful scenery," the Blanco flows both above and below ground, part of a network of rivers and aquifers that sustains the region's wildlife and millions of humans alike. However, overpumping and prolonged drought have combined to weaken the Blanco's flow and sustenance, and in 2000--for the first time in recorded history--the river's most significant feeder spring, Jacob's Well, briefly ceased to flow. It stopped again in 2008. Then, in the spring of 2015, a devastating flood killed twelve people and toppled the huge cypress trees along its banks, altering not just the look of the river, but the communities that had come to depend on its serene presence. River travelers Ferguson and Botter tell the remarkable story of this changeable river, confronting challenges and dangers as well as rare opportunities to see parts of the river few have seen. The authors also photographed and recorded the human response to the destruction of a beloved natural resource that has become yet another episode in the story of water in Texas.

Paddling Texas

Author: Shane Townsend
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781493016358
Release Date: 2014-11-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation

From the canyons of Big Bend to the cypress swamps of Pine Island Bayou, the waters of Texas have something for most every type of paddler and every paddling mood. One might float the diminutive Comal River, argued to be the shortest river in the world. Another might dig deep and follow the four-day, 260-mile route of the Texas Water Safari, which Canoe & Kayak Magazine referred to as “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race.” Whitewater is here too. Lakes are as well. And, the Texas Gulf Coast is home to sandy beaches, knobby mangroves, and sea grass flats. Meanwhile, Texas is home to some of the fastest growing cities in America. And, paddling is the fastest growing outdoor sport in the country. “Paddling Texas” is a guide for those who are new to either and all those who love both. Featured trips offer easy access, secure environments, good facilities, great fishing, superb wildlife viewing, and beautiful scenery. “Paddling Texas” gives recreational paddlers and anglers all the information they’ll need to paddle many of the best trips in Texas.

The San Marcos

Author: Jim Kimmel
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1585445428
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

The San Marcos springs have flowed for around ten million years. In this ode to the river they form, Jim Kimmel brings us a picture of a watercourse brimming with life, past and present. Native, non-native, prehistoric, and modern-day plants, animals, and people have inhabited the river and its banks. Kimmel touches on them all with the affectionate and knowledgeable voice of one whose own life has been closely linked to the San Marcos. As readers journey with Kimmel from the river's headwater springs to its junction with the Guadalupe River, The San Marcos: A River's Story will capture the imagination and provide valuable information about the river and its crucial role in the ecological health of Texas. Original photographs by Jerry Touchstone Kimmel add a sense of the beauty and complexity of the river.

Flash Floods in Texas

Author: Jonathan Burnett
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1585445908
Release Date: 2008-04-02
Genre: Nature

A collection of historical anecdotes, personal accounts, and graphic pictures of floods from around Texas, beginning with the Austin dam break of 1900 and ending with the 2002 flooding in the hill country, captures the history of flash floods in the state, as well as the causes of the disasters and their costs in material damage and human lives.

Heads Above Water

Author: Robert L. Gulley
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781623492687
Release Date: 2015-01-21
Genre: Business & Economics

Since the 1950s, competing interests for use of Edwards Aquifer resources—the primary source of water for more than two million people in south central Texas—were at war. They had tried many times to resolve their differences about how to conserve, allocate, and use the water, but had always failed. Finally, under the patient leadership of Robert Gulley, thirty-nine diverse stakeholders reached a consensus on the use of the Edwards Aquifer that balanced the needs of south central Texas for water with the needs of eight species protected by the Endangered Species Act, culminating a half century of rancor and legal wrangling. In this book, Gulley tells the inside story of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP), a federally sponsored process put in place by the Texas legislature. How such a large and fractious group came together to resolve one of the nation’s most intractable and longstanding water problems serves as a case study in consensus building. That consensus brought certainty to the region regarding the use of the aquifer while creating an unlikely but lasting partnership for conservation.

Der Schattenkrieg

Author: Tom Clancy
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641089900
Release Date: 2012-05-15
Genre: Fiction

Als kolumbianische Drogenbosse drei hochrangige US-Amerikaner töten, ist für den Geheimdienstmann Jack Ryan der Punkt erreicht, an dem er zurückschlagen muss. Er stellt eine Truppe kampferprobter Männer zusammen und führt sie in einen Schattenkrieg, in dem die üblichen Regeln nicht gelten.

Like a perhaps hand

Author: E. E. Cummings
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406648977
Release Date: 2013-03-27
Genre: Fiction

Dieser Band enthält 45 ausgewählte Gedichte des amerikanischen Lyrikers und Malers E.E. Cummings (1894–1962), sowohl formal eher traditionelle als auch experimentelle, die das ganze Spektrum von Cummings’ bildstarker und sprachspielerischer Lyrik zeigen. Sinnlich und klug, lustvoll und zart nutzen diese Gedichte das ganze sprachliche Material, Buchstaben und Zeichen, Gestalt und Fläche, um die ewigen Themen der Lyrik, Liebe und Tod, auf eine ganze neue Weise behandeln zu können. Überraschend und bezaubernd, verspielt und einladend öffnen Cummings’ Gedichte Augen und Herz für einen neuen Blick auf das Leben und die Sprache.