Environment

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 by Becky Fogel

Environmental group sues federal government over endangered Central Texas salamanders

An environmental advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming federal officials are failing to protect threatened species of salamanders in Central Texas.The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity argues the federal agency has not…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite zebra mussels, Austin’s waterways seeing a recovery trend

The news is full of horror stories about zebra mussels invading intake pipes and sediment causing city water to be of questionable quality. Yet statistics show that, overall, the waterways of Austin are regaining their health.According to Mateo Scoggins of the…

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council asks city staff for ideas on local Green New Deal, EVs

City Council unanimously approved its own Green New Deal resolution last week in response to the devastating consequences of the climate crisis, from record temperatures to the historic flooding seen in Austin and Central Texas over the last decade.Council Member…

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by Mose Buchele

That storm last Friday was bad, but it could have been much worse

A powerful storm dumped up to 7 inches of rain in parts of Central Texas on Friday and could be responsible for up to four deaths in the region. But in one sense, Austin “got lucky,” the city’s flood plain…

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by DaLyah Jones

Hays County takes the fight to Kinder Morgan with lawsuit over proposed pipeline

After months of community protests, a group of more than 20 landowners and city leaders gathered Monday to announce that Hays County and the city of Kyle had officially joined a lawsuit to oppose a natural gas pipeline proposed to…

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Region failing to keep up with expectations of clean air

The city of Austin may soon lose its standing as the largest city in the nation that is in conformity with federal air quality standards. If air quality doesn’t improve from last year, Austin and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning…

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