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Friday, April 13, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Milk sludge and garbage caves: Here’s a look at Austin’s annual environmental report

Every year, the city of Austin comes out with an environmental assessment to keep officials up to date on air quality and the condition of the city’s waterways. Beyond those big issues, you can also find some stranger stories about…

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s 100-year flood plain looks more like today’s 500-year flood plain

In Austin, flooding has been a concern for decades, but in the last several years, the urgency with which the city is conducting the conversation has escalated. In the last four years alone, Austin has experienced four federally declared flooding…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Adler picks out top two climate change priorities at SXSW

When it comes to climate change, Mayor Steve Adler believes that cities are fundamentally ill-equipped to face the challenge.“You really do need the innovation that comes from outside of government to really act and scale in a material way,” Adler…

Monday, January 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends Watershed Department issue a middle-of-the-road bond in 2018

The beginning of 2018 marked the beginning of a bond election year. At the latest meeting of the Environmental Commission, the Watershed Protection Department presented plans to ask the public for help conserving Austin’s environment through the acquisition of green…

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental Commission moves Onion Creek buyout plan forward

Over four years after the 2013 Halloween floods racked the Onion Creek neighborhoods, the Environmental Commission voted unanimously at its Dec. 6 meeting to approve staff’s recommendation to move forward with 128 buyouts of houses at immediate risk of flooding…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City to continue protest of Dripping Springs permit

The city will continue its protest of a proposed permit that would allow Dripping Springs to discharge up to 995,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day to the Onion Creek watershed. City staff put a proposed settlement agreement on Thursday’s…

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