"The stars are still big and bright in Dripping Springs thanks to an agressive efforts to combat light pollution. Will the rest of Texas follow this Hill Country town's lead?
In February, Dripping Springs became the first city in Texas—and only the sixth in the world—to be certified a “Dark Sky Community”
by the Tucson-based International Dark-Sky Association.
Cassidy, who serves part time as the city’s lighting consultant, wants to show me that both experiences are possible, and that the starry skies over Dripping Springs—and, by extension, over the Hill Country and maybe even urban Texas—can be preserved or restored even as the state’s booming population heaps insult on the first verse of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”
Cassidy’s pitch is this: In our well-meant effort to light our way at night, we’ve illuminated our cities and towns in a way that is inefficient, wasteful and unsafe, and that increasingly prevents us from seeing stars at night.
Instead, with moderate expense and effort, we could use smarter lighting to accomplish the same thing without turning the night into day."
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