Environment

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin wins nearly $12 million in federal funds for Onion Creek

The City of Austin will receive $11.8 million in federal funding for the Onion Creek – Lower Colorado River Basin Project now that Congress finally loosened its purse strings and approved spending the money.   The funds – which will…

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin still needs nearly $100 million for flood plain buyout

Four months after raging floodwaters damaged and destroyed dozens of homes in the Onion Creek neighborhood in southeast Austin, city officials say it could cost between $80 million and $100 million to complete a buyout of homes in the flood…

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board rejects variance request despite threat of lawsuit

Go ahead, go to court.   That was the message from the Environmental Board last Wednesday night, after its members refused to be spooked by the threat of a vested rights lawsuit over a southwest Austin property.   The Vineyard Business Center, 2009…

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Aquifer District ramping up for Habitat Conservation Plan

A decade in the making, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is making progress on a Habitat Conservation Plan aimed at mitigating groundwater-pumping effects on endangered salamanders. The ultimate goal of the plan is to acquire a federal Incidental Take…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

LCRA to consider shifting watershed ordinance fees to developers

For the first time ever, the Lower Colorado River Authority may raise fees to develop within the Highland Lakes watershed. The only question seems to be how much of those fees will be passed on to developers.   The measure…

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Dripping Springs plans to discharge wastewater in Onion Creek

A plan by Dripping Springs officials to apply for a discharge permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that could send treated wastewater into Onion Creek is meeting with some concern from at least two Austin-regional entities.   Dripping…

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