Environment

Monday, September 20, 2021 by Kali Bramble

Watershed strategic plan revisions on the way

The Environmental Commission heard the first of many presentations last Wednesday as the Watershed Protection Department begins its effort to comprehensively rewrite its strategic plan for the first time since 2001.  The strategic plan update is a three-year outreach process that…

Thursday, September 9, 2021 by Mose Buchele

As climate crisis deepens, Austin looks to speed up emission reductions

Austin would effectively emit zero greenhouse gases 10 years earlier than previously planned if a new proposal from city staff comes to fruition – but the goal would require a dramatic acceleration of the progress the city has already made…

Friday, September 3, 2021 by Amy Smith

Watershed Protection sets high bar for restoring Waller Creek

With the city and its public and private partners out to restore and enhance the Waller Creek delta that runs from Fourth Street to Lady Bird Lake, the southern stretch of Waterloo Greenway is due for more work. This section…

Friday, August 27, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Environmental commissioners brush up on tree preservation 101

On Wednesday, the Environmental Commission revisited heritage tree ordinances, general preservation efforts going on around Austin and the rules for protecting and building around trees, with city arborist Naomi Rotramel and Community Tree Preservation Division Manager Keith Mars. Austin’s original…

Friday, August 13, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County to turn off lights in summer and fall to protect songbirds

The Travis County Commissioners Court passed a resolution Tuesday that will mandate county buildings to turn off all nonessential lights from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. during key migration periods for migrating songbirds. The Lights Off initiative will be in effect annually…

Thursday, August 5, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Attempted tree removal creates cul-de-sac conflict

A saga that stretched a year and a half and pitted neighbor against neighbor ended last week when the Planning Commission prevented North Austin resident Patrick Fulker from removing a cottonwood tree in the public right of way.  Neighbor Krenda…

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