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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 by

The City of Austin got good news yesterday from agencies sampling water and sediment in connection with allegations by the Austin American-Statesman that Barton Springs Pool is unsafe for human use. Both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) reported no detectable benzo(a)pyrene in water from the pool or from Town Lake.

In addition, preliminary results from core samples from the hillside and the edge of the parking lot where the Statesman theorized waste from a coal gasification plant had been buried indicated no such waste there. City Manager Toby Futrell said,…

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 by

Fishermen and environmentalists have sent notices to the City of Austin, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and a number of federal agencies that they intend to file suit to prevent the introduction of sterile grass carp or herbicides into Lake Austin without the proper permits. A spokesman for the city said 1600 grass carp could be released into the lake as early as Saturday.

The carp and herbicides are part of an integrated plan to reduce the hydrilla—which has grown to levels that disturb boaters and water-skiers on the lake. There has been heavy political pressure on the city to do something about the…

Thursday, January 23, 2003 by

The Lower Colorado River Authority has formed its own task force this week to review the possible contamination of the Colorado River i n Town Lake downstream from Barton Springs Pool.

An article in the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday claimed the city’s own data on sediment, soil and water samples indicated a level of seven benzene-based chemicals that were higher than a dozen Superfund sites. General Manager Joe Beal told the…

Wednesday, January 22, 2003 by

Schlosser Development continues juggling the needs of its client, the desires of the Old West Austin neighborhood and the constraints of the site itself as it seeks Smart Growth points for its newest site plans for the Whole Foods Market and corporate headquarters.

Last night, Schlosser brought revised site plans for Sixth + Lamar to the Design Commission. Technically, it’s only one portion of the Sixth + Lamar project—the new 80,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market and accompanying six-story headquarters office tower—but it will anchor…