Stories by Mose Buchele

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Opponents plan lawsuit over Hill Country pipeline’s impact on endangered birds

A new front has opened in the legal battle against a proposed, 430-mile natural gas pipeline through the Texas Hill Country, focusing on how the project will impact the endangered golden-cheeked warbler.Hays County, the Travis Audubon Society and private property…

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele

The heat in Austin could outpace science’s ability to measure it by 2036

This July is on track to be Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. That spike in heat is part of a larger warming trend that could change the way governments and researchers measure extreme temperatures.When it comes to triple-digit days in…

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Price tag to fix Shoal Creek landslide balloons

After more than a year of negotiations with property owners over how to repair a landslide along Shoal Creek, the city of Austin is moving ahead with the project – but it could cost millions more than initially thought.In May…

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Mayor Adler says more lanes on I-35 won’t solve Austin’s traffic woes – but it’s a start

Austin Mayor Steve Adler wants you to know something.“I do not believe that adding lanes to I-35 … is the answer to congestion,” Adler said in an interview with KUT, saying that merely adding lanes will make traffic worse on…

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by Mose Buchele

That storm last Friday was bad, but it could have been much worse

A powerful storm dumped up to 7 inches of rain in parts of Central Texas on Friday and could be responsible for up to four deaths in the region. But in one sense, Austin “got lucky,” the city’s flood plain…

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Scientists discover three new species of salamander in Central Texas

A team of biologists announced this week they’d found three new species of rare salamanders in Central Texas. The discovery of any new species is big news in science, but in Texas – where the fate of salamanders and people…

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Austin Water report shows big impact of boil order was conservation

Austin Water delivered an “after action” report to City Council yesterday on the weeklong boil-water order enacted during severe flooding in October. The presentation shed more light on what happened to bring about the emergency and what the city might…

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Austin explores options for new pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake

There are enjoyable ways to walk or bike across Lady Bird Lake, but the Pleasant Valley Bridge is not one of them. A narrow sidewalk, a chain-link fence and low guardrails are all features that make the East Austin crossing…

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Here’s what to expect when eight floodgates open on the Mansfield Dam

It’s never happened before, but the Lower Colorado River Authority will likely open eight floodgates on the Mansfield Dam above Lake Austin by noon Thursday.So, what can you expect if you live in Austin? Flooding On Some Streets When eight…

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Prop J initiative exposes rift among Austin environmentalists

Environmentalists in Austin worry about methane emissions from Texas oilfields, plastic pollution clogging up creeks and rivers or nuclear waste being shipped through the state. But one thing they rarely worry about is each other – at least until recently,…

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Austin spent millions taking them out of the flood plain. A new map puts them back in.

A massive update to Austin’s flood plain map shows about 3,000 properties are at higher risk of flooding than previously thought. But a review of the map shows the new threat is most concentrated in some neighborhoods where the city…

Friday, September 21, 2018 by Mose Buchele

A massive change in Austin’s flood map says thousands more homes are at high risk

Around 3,000 more Austin properties will find themselves in high-risk flood-plains thanks to a new National Weather Service study called Atlas 14. Those new flood designations could impact everything from what you pay for insurance to how you build your…

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Zebra mussels found in Austin Water intake pipes

Divers have found large amounts of invasive zebra mussels at intake pipes that feed Austin’s water supply, opening up a costly new challenge for the city’s water utility.Austin Water had seen evidence of the small, rectangular mussels in water samples…

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Council will try a new tactic to rid Austin of plastic bags. Asking nicely.

City Council is taking up a resolution Thursday encouraging local stores to keep honoring the city’s “bag ban.” It’s the latest response to a state Supreme Court ruling this year that found Texas cities and towns could not enforce regulations…

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Mose Buchele

It’s been a bad year for Texas wildfires. It will probably get worse.

Four large wildfires have broken out in Central Texas in about the last week. It’s part of a bad year for Texas fires, and climate researchers say the uptick in fires bears the fingerprints of global warming.Statewide, it started early…

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Will Austin stores restock single-use plastic bags now that the city’s ban is lifted?

The city of Austin says it will end a ban on free single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants. It’s a response to a state Supreme Court ruling against a similar ban in Laredo. But repealing the ordinance, commonly known…

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Mose Buchele

New data show lead in drinking water at five more Austin schools

Lead has been found in the drinking water of five Austin public schools, new data obtained by Environment Texas from the Austin Independent School District shows. It’s the second time in the past year the toxic metal has been discovered…

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Section of Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail suffers massive storm damage

Jessica Zarowitz was in for a surprise while walking her dog, Lady Bird, along the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail on Monday: The trail that had been there for years suddenly wasn’t. Trees had fallen over it, and the…

Monday, May 7, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Are electric scooters eco-friendly? It depends on what they’re replacing

When electric scooters flooded into Austin, the companies that rent them touted their environmental benefits: “Riders were able to prevent 445,334 pounds of carbon emissions,” a press release from Bird said. The startup LimeBike estimated its scooters reduced 8,500 pounds…

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…

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