Buda, Texas-a small town that lies between Austin and San Antonio,
on the banks of Onion Creek and above the Edwards Aquifer-is perhaps
best known, though it is not particularly well known, as the "Wiener Dog
Capital of Texas." Buda's claim to this title is based upon its annual
dachshund races, which are opposed by the Dachshund Club of America
but lauded by locals, tourists, and the international press as an "event that
combines the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby and the excitement of
NASCAR with dachshunds, animals known for their small stature." Buda
is certainly unusual in relying so heavily upon dachshunds for tourism revenue,
but wiener dogs aside, Buda has much in common with other American
communities, especially those in many western and some southern states.
For example, as part of the fastest growing county in Texas, Buda has
seen explosive growth of more than 80% in the last decade -growth that
has taxed many civic and natural resources, including the community's water
supply. And like many fast growing American communities, Buda's residents
and businesses have had to reckon with the stresses of development on
dwindling water supplies while also confronting the impacts of climate
change and recent extreme weather events.
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