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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…

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

After 20 years the city protects 25 percent of the Barton Springs recharge zone

Since 1998, the city of Austin has been working diligently to preserve and care for the crown jewel of our city: Barton Springs.Doing so involves a lot more than draining and cleaning the pool every so often. According to Sherri…

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Tree removal permitting to change in October

Sometimes trees have the most powerful voices in our city.At the Sept. 5 meeting of the Environmental Commission, Max Elliott, who is a resident of the Govalle neighborhood, alerted the commission that recently a builder removed five heritage trees “on…

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Some Austin waterways unsafe for swimming

According to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and the Frontier Group, many of the state’s creeks, rivers and beaches are too polluted for swimming or wading – and that includes the Colorado River at…

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