Sam's Town Point
"...We recently took a drive through Dripping Springs on the way to the 5th annual Dripping With Taste Festival and made some very interesting discoveries long the road. Our Saturday morning departure time was just right for hitting the new WoodPile BBQ on 290 West but the new brew pub and wine bar weren't open before it was time to come home..."
"...There were about 80 people in my graduating class at Dripping Springs High School in 1990. Back then, about 1,000 people lived in Dripping, and the landscape between it and Austin along Highway 290 was a whole lot of nothing..."
"...The Dripping Springs City Hall, just off 290 West, is not easy to find. But if you look for the Dairy Queen on the north side of the highway and then squint to the south, you can track it down -- tucked well off the road, down a narrow, dusty trail, past a tumbledown shed and a herd of goats..."
"...The IDA is hoping that the city of Dripping Springs can provide an example of how to do things better. On Feb..."
"...Dear Editor, Describing Dripping Springs and its mayor, Todd Purcell, The Austin Chronicle wrote, “His city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him” (in adopting the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan) [“Naked City,” News, Oct. 13]. Of course we urge other jurisdictions to adopt the plan's higher water-quality standards, but how could tougher water-quality regulations possibly put Dripping Springs at a disadvantage when it is already overwhelmed with new development and has more knocking on the door? Dripping Springs has a huge ETJ covering about 25% or more of Hays County that is greatly desired by developers, and having strong water-quality regulations can only enhance property values and help to maintain the quality of life that draws so many people to its ETJ..."
"...On July 10, Dripping Springs environmental group Protect Our Water announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will lift its interim objections to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's draft permit to allow the city of Dripping Springs to discharge treated wastewater (effluent) into Onion Creek. The EPA lifted its objections subject to a nitrogen limit of 6 milligrams per liter of discharge and dechlorination of the effluent, requirements not part of the initial draft permit..."
"...Onion Creek may yet dodge the bullet – more precisely, the treated wastewater discharge requested by the city of Dripping Springs as an alternative to the current practice of spraying the effluent on land, where it is less likely to pollute nearby creeks. The U.S..."
"...Texas Hill Country Olive Company (2530 W. Fitzhugh Rd., Dripping Springs) www.texashillcountryoliveco.com Saturday, Sept..."
"...The relations between the "People's Republic of Austin" and state government are fractious on many subjects. But the decades-long battle has been defined by environmental issues – most centrally, by Austin's determination to preserve the water quality of its iconic Barton Springs versus the Legislature's desire to undermine any regulations that limit property rights or property development...."
"...Dear Editor, Dripping Springs' mayor says he doesn't want to put treated sewage into Onion Creek – but still seeks permission to dump nearly a million gallons a day directly into the creek!! ["Is Your Water Running … Pink?” News, Feb. 2.] The dye test – conducted by scientists affiliated with two groundwater districts, a university research center and City of Austin – showed how any effluent released into Onion Creek can affect nearby wells..."
"...Barton Springs Mill owner James Brown has his heart set on reminding people where their bread comes from. "I think heirloom grains are sort of the last frontier in this movement toward better taste, better nutrition, sustainability, all those things..."
"...Okay, let's accept, for the sake of argument, that everyone in Austin wants to save Barton Springs. But what exactly does that mean? Below, and in a series of maps and aerial and historical photos on the following pages, we've tried to lay out a non-scientific, visual primer on the ecosystem and the development pressure it's been under for the past couple of decades, along with a timeline detailing Barton Springs development and the SOS movement...."
"...1974-1980: Burgeoning highway construction and unregulated development in the Barton Creek watershed and the recharge zones of the Edwards Aquifer begin to threaten the Central Texas water that nourishes Barton Springs...."
"...Meditators and non-meditators alike must have felt an odd karmic shift in the universe the day they learned that the Dripping Springs City Council had brokered a secret deal with Cypress Realty, a private investment and development company that has designs on 2,724 acres of property next door, part of the former Rutherford Ranch. Neighbors say they had no clue the deal was even being negotiated, nor were they aware, in the weeks before the document was officially sealed on April 24, that the wheels had already been greased..."
"...The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) continues to proclaim that it is fulfilling its mission as an environmental steward by offering an innovative aquifer protection plan to accompany its water pipeline to Dripping Springs. But LCRA officials and the authority's board offered a slap in the face to their newfound environmental allies last week, by deciding to forge ahead with the project before completing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)..."
"...The mound frames a sandy channel cut through the trees along the southern verge of Highway 290 by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Thirty feet wide, the channel runs 14 miles, from Southwest Parkway Storage Tank on the outskirts of Austin to Dripping Springs, the biggest town in northern Hays County..."
"...The best news was a lilting medley from Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution at live music time. The worst was a staff briefing on the future of Onion Creek, if Dripping Springs succeeds in its plan for wastewater disposal...."
"...It may be two years too late, but the city of Dripping Springs is putting the brakes on development to give the booming Hays Co. suburb time to fine-tune its land-use ordinances..."
"...About halfway into a trip to Proof & Cooper in Dripping Springs, I thought, "Why the hell am I reviewing this place?" I had heard some good things, and enjoyed their bite at Big Reds & Bubbles, but the online menu of homestyle classics like deviled eggs and fried chicken wasn't exactly breaking news, and the only places 1886 Management owned were a couple of bars (Twenty Two Eleven and the Blackheart to be exact). Plus I'm a terrible driver on familiar ground, much less the winding roads of the Hill Country..."
"...Twisted X Brewery's new tasting room on the outskirts of Dripping Springs is a nice place to drink in the country sunshine...."
"...The Friendship Alliance -- the voice of neighborhoods in northern Hays Co. -- has filed a lawsuit against the city of Dripping Springs, challenging the legality of two major development agreements..."
"...Four months ago, the Dripping Springs City Council solicited an outside legal opinion on a controversial development deal the city inked with Cypress Realty. But the results of that opinion, rendered by Austin lawyer David Brooks, might never be known -- that is, if the city has its way...."
"...Before we get to that celebratory moment, of course, there will be the usual furrow-browed consideration of the 79-Item agenda, perhaps not quite as heavy as it looks due to related Items, public hearing notices, and the like. On the other end of the spectrum, the lowlight might well be the morning briefing on the application by the city of Dripping Springs to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit to discharge treated wastewater (just short of 1 million gallons per day) into Onion Creek..."
"...Carved Stone rocks. The company, housed in a tin barn and a cabinlike shop deep in the woods on the southern edge of Dripping Springs is known for its native Texas stone awards...."
"...With last Thursday’s potential ice storm looming, the City Council meeting had a hurry-up vibe that produced some postponements and truncated testimony. But Council managed to take another step toward appointing a city manager, postponed a reckoning with Dripping Springs wastewater, and extended Austin Pets Alive’s leasehold on lakeside property...."
"...Both games are being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel. In high school bi-district playoffs, the Travis High boys were the lone Austin winner, 4-2 in OT over San Antonio Burbank. But the suburban schools did well; Westlake and Dripping Springs each got wins by both boys and girls..."
"...Chalk one up for the Blue Creek Property Owners Association in Dripping Springs. The group won its first development battle last week when a residential builder yanked its plans for the proposed Estancia subdivision -- even after winning the City Council's preliminary blessing...."
"...Someone will be getting their nice tie out: Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, will be having a trip to the Capitol tomorrow..."
"...Parmer. There are two local entries in the 4A bracket – the Dripping Springs girls (playing at 11am Friday, against Wichita Falls Rider), and Cedar Park Vista Ridge boys (6pm Friday, against El Paso Del Valle)..."
"...Last December, environmentalists and developers each claimed victory after reaching a settlement on separate lawsuits the two sides had filed against the federal government -- for diametrically opposed reasons: The Save Our Springs Alliance sought stiffer development regulations in the Barton Springs watershed, while the Texas Capital Area Builders Association wanted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to loosen its regulatory grip...."
"...So what else is new, you ask? For residents living in Dripping Springs' sprawling ETJ southwest of Austin, the legislation -- HB 1197 -- simply legitimizes what the city has been doing all along. Now, thanks to the bill's GOP sponsors, Round Rock Rep..."
"...Such is the case with Powers and local loudmouth Erin Foster, a northern county resident who has led the charge against the Lower Colorado River Authority's water pipeline to Dripping Springs, as well as the county's transportation plan...."
"...At these schools, Mitch Ingram would probably still be attending classes and getting ready for graduation. But last February, Dripping Springs High School officials found the remains of a joint in the back of his pickup truck..."
"...Area environmentalists were happily surprised by a recent decision to put a water pipeline to Dripping Springs on hold, but they wonder how the move will affect the Hays County development picture as a whole...."
"...Up on the second-story rooftop of Sun Radio, one looks east to the antenna farm near Loop 360 in West Lake Hills, and southwest at the Hill Country gateway of Dripping Springs. From where Denver O'Neal stands, eight rows of solar panels lay out along the north side of our perch...."
"...Despite a pending application by the City of Dripping Springs to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit to discharge as much as 995,000 gallons per day of treated wastewater into currently pristine Onion Creek, the local fight against the permit continues. The City of Austin officially opposes the permit, and Dripping Springs continues to insist that it would be used only as a last resort – a tentative settlement agreement with Austin promises enough land-for-discharge to make the permit only an emergency alternative..."
"...Describing Dripping Springs and its mayor, Todd Purcell, The Austin Chronicle wrote, "His city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him" (in adopting the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan) ["Naked City," News, Oct. 13]...."
"...So it may seem a bit strange that Foster is the stone in the shoe for the Lower Colorado River Authority's plans to run a water pipeline into Hays County. The $17.5 million pipeline, which is scheduled for construction in January, would run from just south of the Village of Bee Cave on Highway 71 to Dripping Springs along U.S..."
"...Cedar Valley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, WimberleyCristo's Comidas Mexicanas (61)..."
"...Cedar Valley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, WimberleyBella Vista Ranch (56)..."
"...San Luis Spirits makes its Dripping Springs vodka and gin in 50-gallon copper pot stills that look like rocket ships. The small-batch distillery began hosting small-bunch tours this September...."
"...Dripping Springs Vodka ($19) is the brainchild of brothers Gary and Kevin Kelleher, who made the daring decision to sink their life savings into creating a distillery. Gary designed his own proprietary still (described on their website) which he claims provides the equivalent effect of distilling the vodka 20 times, but without removing its distinctive flavors..."
"...The next local license went to San Luis Spirits in Dripping Springs, makers of Dripping Springs Texas Vodka. The Kelleher brothers, Gary and Kevin, are the owners, distillers, and sales force..."
"...One rainy evening in November, only a handful of residents turned out for the second meeting of the Dripping Springs Economic Development Corp. (EDC), a voter-approved business assistance program designed to nurture the little city's financial vitality..."
"...Current evidence of this, Bunch says, is LCRA's plan to build a 14-mile water line to Dripping Springs from an LCRA water station near the Village of Bee Cave. That infrastructure, Bunch insists, will spur undesirable growth in these environmentally crucial areas..."
"...• Barbeques Galore (12918 Shops Pkwy. #500, 512/263-0794, Bee Cave) hosts a grilling demonstration: recipes prepared with Dripping Springs Vodka..."
"...Dripping Springs Rep. Rick Green has worked himself into a veritable lather over the last month, filing not one, not two, but six bills to create special water, road, and development districts in his Hays County legislative district..."
"...The rush for suburban "Hill Country living" is adding new development near Austin, San Marcos, and Wimberley. And though much of the Dripping Springs area on the west, and land surrounding Buda and Kyle on the east, are already immersed in a development boom, it's obvious that the rush is pushing from all sides into the largely uninhabited areas in the center of the county...."
"...In a press release featuring a bathtub full of bright pink water – alas, not a bathtub cocktail – Dripping Springs environmental group Protect Our Water announced the results of a December dye study performed by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the city of Austin, and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. As summarized in the release, the study showed that "Onion Creek surface water recharges the Trinity Aquifer through its fractured rock-bottom creek bed..."