Lake Austin fish habitat enhanced by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, local partners

Lake Austin fish habitat enhanced by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, local partners

  • September 25, 2018
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AUSTIN – Lake Austin, once considered to be one of the top trophy bass fishing destinations in the nation, has experienced a decline in natural fish habitat in recent years due to efforts to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. Without plentiful habitat it can be a challenge for anglers to target sport fish that seek cover in vegetation, like largemouth bass. In an effort to restore balance to the reservoir and provide the habitat that sport fish need to thrive, Texas Parks…

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Devils River Landowners Say Wind Farms Threaten Wild Character of Texas’ Last Untamed River

Devils River Landowners Say Wind Farms Threaten Wild Character of Texas’ Last Untamed River

Conflicts between energy producers and conservationists are nothing new in Texas, but a recent fight in Val Verde County centers around wind farms and whether they belong in one of the wildest natural areas left in the state. Members of the Devils River Conservancy, whose group includes landowners with property on the Devils River, have launched a campaign called “Don’t Blow It,” to advocate against wind development along the Devils and Pecos rivers north of the Texas-Mexico border. They fear an explosion of…

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The deadly lure of city lights

The deadly lure of city lights

  • September 20, 2018
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Every Sept. 11, beams of light rise more than four miles into the night sky from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s most devastating terrorist attacks. The glowing columns elegantly trace the outlines of the twin towers. But they also beckon thousands of migrating birds into the city’s skyscraper canyons, where they can become disoriented and crash headlong into buildings. Since 2005, thanks to efforts by New York…

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New Study: Riparian buffers Provide over $10,000/year/acre in reducing erosion, flooding, increased water purification, habitat, property values, more

New Study: Riparian buffers Provide over $10,000/year/acre in reducing erosion, flooding, increased water purification, habitat, property values, more

A new study released Wednesday found just one acre of riparian forested buffer results in more than $10,000 in annual economic benefits, including reducing erosion and flooding, increasing water purification, wildlife habitat and property values. The study– The Economic Value of Riparian Buffers in the Delaware River Basin– was prepared by ECONorthwest for the Delaware RiverKeeper Network. Specifically, the report looks at the value riparian buffers provide in the areas of water quality, carbon storage, air quality, flood prevention, property…

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Varsity Home Opener Spotlights City’s Environmental Cause

Varsity Home Opener Spotlights City’s Environmental Cause

  • September 13, 2018
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Wimberley, Texas, September 10, 2018 — Kick-off for the first Texan Varsity Football home game will be under Dark Sky Friendly lights Friday, September 14. Shining a spotlight on Wimberley Independent School District’s commitment to the city’s focus on environmental consciousness, Friday Night Lights at Texan Stadium are new and noise-free. Earlier this year Wimberley was designated, a Dark Sky Friendly community by the International Dark Sky Association.   “We all benefit when we work together as a community to…

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Exxon Mobil joins Kinder Morgan on $2B Permian Highway Pipeline

Exxon Mobil joins Kinder Morgan on $2B Permian Highway Pipeline

  • September 13, 2018
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Exxon Mobil is signing on as a major customer on Kinder Morgan’s planned, $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline to carry natural gas from West Texas to the Houston region. Irving-based Exxon Mobil is looking for more outlets to transport its natural gas from its rapidly increasing Permian Basin production. While crude oil is the main focus of production, there’s a lot of still-valuable associated gas that comes out of the Permian wells too…Read more on Houston Chronicle

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Preliminary Hearing For Electro Purification’s Proposed Permit Announced

Preliminary Hearing For Electro Purification’s Proposed Permit Announced

The preliminary hearing for Electro Purification’s proposed permit has been announced. The hearing will take place, Monday, September 17, at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. TESPA, along with Hays County and several other individual landowners requested contested cases related to EP’s proposed permit to pump 2.5 million gallons of water a day from the Trinity Aquifer. The State Office of Administrative Hearings, also called SOAH, resolves disputes between Texas agencies, other governmental entities, and private citizens either through an…

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KVUE Defenders: Wastewater in waterways

KVUE Defenders: Wastewater in waterways

  • September 5, 2018
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“Would you want your kids in that river the way it is?” “The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sited the Liberty Hill water treatment plant for six different violations, including failure to keep sewage from getting into the San Gabriel River.” “The Edwards Aquifer is in this area, a lot of these Hill Country waterways recharge or contribute to the Edwards Aquifer, so, I mean, you can say very selfishly that ‘I get my water from the Colorado River, so…

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Report: Fecal bacteria found in 60% of Austin waterways

Report: Fecal bacteria found in 60% of Austin waterways

  • September 5, 2018
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A new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center reveals that many of Austin’s creeks and streams tested for high levels of bacteria in 2017. According to the report, 46 freshwater sites around Austin had levels of bacteria indicating levels of fecal contamination unsafe for swimming or wading at least once in 2017. Both Colorado River test sites east of Lady Bird Lake had unsafe levels of bacteria two out of four times they were tested in 2017. Waller Creek,…

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Bacterial Pollution makes San Antonio creeks and rivers not swimmable

Bacterial Pollution makes San Antonio creeks and rivers not swimmable

  • September 5, 2018
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In early May, San Pedro Creek Culture Park opened with an outdoor festival that marked the transformation of a former concrete-lined channel to a public space with murals and fountains. Visitors, including children, splashed in the creek in the new Plaza de Fundación, which commemorated San Antonio’s founding on the banks of the crystal-clear creek in 1718. Construction costs for this first phase of the creek’s restoration reached $57.3 million…Read more on The Rivard Report

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