Stories by Mose Buchele

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Mose Buchele

Austin backs off plans to stabilize Shoal Creek slope after impasse with landowners

The city is abandoning efforts to stabilize a part of the cliff that runs along the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail near Pease Park after landowners up the hill refused to grant property easements needed for the work.Heavy rain…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Austin unveils design for a new bridge on the southern end of Lady Bird Lake

The city of Austin is one step closer to taking down the “last major barrier” on the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. And according to city street designer Nathan Wilkes, the idea came from the public.The barrier…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Hill Country landowners say Kinder Morgan is lowballing them. Special courts are agreeing.

Kay Pence owns a ranch in the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg. About a year ago, she got a call from the pipeline company Kinder Morgan. The caller told her the company planned to run a section of its 430-mile…

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Austin joins legal fight against Permian Highway Pipeline

The city of Austin is signaling it intends to sue Kinder Morgan, the company behind the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline – a 430-mile natural gas line that has provoked major opposition in the Texas Hill Country. In filing its notice…

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Hill Country landowners get ready for fight over another proposed pipeline

Charles Chaney Jr. has Utopia on his mind. The Texas City resident is a month away from retirement and Utopia is the name of the scenic Hill Country town where his family has lived for generations. He had planned to…

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Mose Buchele

This September is on track to be the hottest ever in Austin

There was a time when it seemed like summer could have gone differently; a wet spring and a relatively mild June had us thinking maybe this year wouldn’t be so bad.Boy, that didn’t last long.“Yeah, we dried out pretty quick…

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Mose Buchele

New Texas pipeline protest law is about more than pipelines

A law went into effect in Texas this week that increases penalties for demonstrators who interfere with oil and gas pipelines and other pieces of “critical infrastructure.”Oil and gas states have adopted such laws to crack down on demonstrations like…

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…

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