Flood Models Show Olmos Dam Would Overflow in Harvey-like Storm

Flood Models Show Olmos Dam Would Overflow in Harvey-like Storm

  • November 1, 2017
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A direct hit by a hurricane of Harvey’s magnitude would cause catastrophic flooding that would flow over the Olmos Dam and emergency spillway by four feet and inundate portions of U.S. Highway 281 for approximately 12 days, according to models released by the San Antonio River Authority on Wednesday. “Preliminary model results show that the Olmos Basin would receive staggering amounts of rainfall dropping enough water to fill the Alamodome 41 times, about 23.34 billion gallons of water,” stated Steven Schauer, the…

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McDonald Observatory works with energy companies to stop light pollution

McDonald Observatory works with energy companies to stop light pollution

  • November 1, 2017
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The McDonald Observatory, often called the “Crown Jewel of the University of Texas,” monitors the night sky in the Davis Mountains. On a clear night, the entire Milky Way is visible from the observatory’s telescopes and the naked eye. However, the stars at night have not appeared as big and bright in recent years due to a problem spreading to most of the Trans-Pecos region of Texas: light pollution.  The observatory is located in Jeff Davis County, one of seven…

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