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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”…

Friday, June 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Leander ISD continues uphill battle for controversial road project

The Leander Independent School District has taken its quest to build a road across environmentally protected land all the way to the feds. It’s the latest development in the district’s long-running effort to build a second roadway connecting RM 2222…

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Brownfield grants provide $300,000 to clean up East Austin

Potential brownfield properties in East Austin will be eligible for remediation efforts in the coming years thanks to two grants from the federal Environmental Protection Agency totaling $300,000. The grants, which were announced Wednesday, will be available for use beginning…

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental Commission calls for investigation into hidden junkyards

In the same way that it’s hard to pinpoint how many pieces of garbage it takes to make a heap, the Environmental Commission deliberated Wednesday night how many instances of localized dumping in the city would amount to a serious…

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Environmental Commission holds off on water quality requirements (again)

Despite the Environmental Commission’s efforts to remove controversial amendments to the Watershed Protection Ordinance at previous meetings, the commission was unable to resolve an amendment relating to water quality control at its regular meeting May 3. Andrea Bates, the environmental…

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Environmental Commission gets chance with CodeNEXT updates, concerns

CodeNEXT is the talk of the town. So it’s no surprise the main topic of conversation at the Environmental Commission meeting Wednesday evening was no different. The commission heard recommendations from the Watershed Protection Department, but took no formal action…

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