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Stories by Mose Buchele

Friday, April 13, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Milk sludge and garbage caves: Here’s a look at Austin’s annual environmental report

Every year, the city of Austin comes out with an environmental assessment to keep officials up to date on air quality and the condition of the city’s waterways. Beyond those big issues, you can also find some stranger stories about…

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Community solar farm and batteries test power of Austin’s electric grid

One of the remarkable things about the La Loma community solar farm is where it’s located. Just east of Airport Boulevard, and a short drive to downtown, it’s the type of place you’d expect to see new homes going up.“There’s…

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Council members call for Manley to be made permanent police chief after Austin bombings

Members of City Council want to formally appoint Interim Police Chief Brian Manley as the city’s permanent chief. If a resolution is approved, City Manager Spencer Cronk would need to make the final hiring decision.Shortly after the announcement yesterday of…

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Mose Buchele

New flood warning website should give Central Texans a closer look at risks

A website that warns Central Texans about road flooding is getting an overhaul this month. The designers of the new site say the changes should give visitors more detail about flooding near them.ATXfloods.com is basically a map that shows which…

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Austin revamps solar rebate program as White House levies new tariffs on panels

At a new 28-home development in East Austin, workers for Lighthouse Solar pull solar panels from the back of a trailer, haul them to a ladder, and then carry them 30 feet up to the recently shingled rooftops where they’ll…

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Mose Buchele

How zebra mussels will change Austin lakes (and maybe Barton Springs) forever

The invasive zebra mussel has been moving south for years, leaving destruction in its wake. Now, it’s in Lake Travis, and it will soon make its way downstream, changing the look, feel and maybe even the taste of Austin’s lakes…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Mose Buchele

City of Austin welcomes Texas AG opinion on local tree rules

In Austin, and in about 60 other Texas cities, you need to get a permit before you cut down some large or historic trees. Opponents of those tree preservation rules – including Gov. Greg Abbott – call them a violation…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Mose Buchele

How climate change could impact the road ahead for infrastructure in Austin

As greenhouse gasses heat the atmosphere, we can expect more severe floods and droughts. That could be trouble for critical infrastructure like bridges and roads in many cities, including here in Central Texas.Take Southeast Austin, where a creek runs under…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Mose Buchele

Tree protection programs may not have the impact on property owners many believe

When lawmakers meet in Austin later this summer for a special legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott wants them to curb Texas towns’ ability to protect local trees.He’s framed his directive as part of a larger effort to end “micro-managing” from…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Mose Buchele

For many Austinites, city parks remain out of reach

From the hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake to Mount Bonnell, Austin is proud of its parks. But a new study ranking city parks around the country suggests that pride might not be fully justified. Austin ranked just…

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Mose Buchele

Austin’s solar-ready woes

Imagine a house. Now imagine the roof. What do you see? Some shingles. Maybe a chimney? But really there’s so much more.District 7 City Council Member Leslie Pool has sponsored a resolution to make more Austin homes solar-ready. Part of…

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Mose Buchele

Austin and Dripping Springs at odds over plan to dump wastewater in Onion Creek

Tonight, the public is invited to give its input at a hearing held by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) over a permit to allow Dripping Springs to dump almost a million gallons of treated wastewater into Onion Creek,…

Friday, September 9, 2016 by Mose Buchele

Plan to reduce grass carp in Lake Austin sparks new concerns for anglers

Standing next to Lake Austin, watching the wake of passing motorboats lick the shoreline, you likely wouldn’t think there was anything amiss. But just below the water’s surface, many of the creatures that call the reservoir home are struggling for…

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Mose Buchele

What’s up with Austin’s recycling?

“Would you like to have a little Coke?” asks Kathy Bell Hargrave, cracking open a can of soda in her daughter’s kitchen.Some things we do in life without giving them a second thought, but when we stop to think about…

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