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Friday, October 30, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs purchase of Wood Street parkland

After a lengthy discussion about the rules regulating acquisition of city parkland, Council voted 7-2-2 on Thursday to purchase 0.214 acres of downtown property at 702 Wood St. Council members Jimmy Flannigan and Pio Renteria voted no, and Council Member…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Proposed discharge permit draws ire of city, Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission received an update Wednesday on the impacts of a proposed wastewater treatment plant southwest of Austin.Abel Porras, the supervising engineer in the Environmental Resource Management Division of the city’s Watershed Protection Department, described the water quality impacts…

Monday, October 26, 2020 by Jackson Barton

Council postpones $1.1 million acquisition of Wood Street property for new parkland

A small grassy field just off Sixth Street would provide easier access to the Shoal Creek Trail and preserve a historically significant piece of downtown, but City Council members delayed action on the $1.1 million purchase to address concerns that…

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by Mose Buchele

Some air pollutants increased in Austin during the pandemic. The big question is why?

As Covid-19 spread across the globe in the spring, people noticed a strange side effect of the pandemic: The air was getting cleaner. Stay-at-home orders, along with the economic crash caused by the outbreak, meant less industrial and transportation-related pollution.But…

Monday, October 19, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Hancock Conservancy pushes for park

As the city looks for alternatives to maintaining the Hancock Golf Course, which sits on Red River Street between East 38th and East 41st streets, a newly formed group is urging the city to turn the nine-hole course into a…

Friday, October 9, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Watershed Protection Department seeks to fill gaps in city regulation for creekside health

The Watershed Protection Department recently discovered two pieces of regulation missing from Austin’s land use code that could aid and restore the health of the city’s┬ámany creeks.Ana Gonzalez, a senior environmental scientist with the department, presented the issue at the…

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