Environment

Friday, January 24, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Just figuring out how to clean up creeks may be costly

When Council Member Paige Ellis and three of her colleagues decided to do something about contamination of Austin’s creeks and rivers from trash as well as scooters, they focused on how the Watershed Protection Department should prepare an extensive study…

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Monetizing the carbon cycle may lead to ecological solutions

In the very near future, there is a possibility that Texas landowners will be able to reduce carbon emissions while earning money on their unused land.Jim Blackburn, a professor at Rice University and the president of the Trinity-Edwards Springs Protection…

Monday, December 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission pushes for additional tree protections on Apple campus

Apple Inc. is well on its way to bringing a billion-dollar campus to Austin on a 133-acre parcel of land at 6900 Parmer Lane called Robinson Ranch.In an effort to offer increased protections for the trees on the property, the…

Friday, December 13, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Zebra mussels have infested lakes Marble Falls and Granger

Zebra mussels are continuing to spread through Texas lakes.Texas Parks and Wildlife said Thursday that both Granger Lake and Lake Marble Falls are infested with the invasive species. The mussels have infested 19 lakes in Texas since their first appearance…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin reopens Red Bud Isle after dog-killing toxins from algae subside

Red Bud Isle has reopened after being closed for months because of toxins that attached to blue-green algae, city officials say.The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said at noon Friday it reopened the area on Lady Bird Lake, which had…

Friday, November 8, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Audubon Society recommends strategies to reduce bird deaths in Austin

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Environmental Commission, Christy Esmahan, a member of the Travis Audubon Board of Directors, reported that nearly 30 percent of North America’s bird population has vanished in the last 50 years, per a September 2019 study…

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