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…

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Bill McCann

New wind-power agreement is Austin Energy’s cheapest

A wind-power purchase agreement going to the City Council Thursday for approval will not only allow Austin Energy to reach a key renewable energy goal four years ahead of time, it will be the cheapest wind energy the utility has…

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin Resource Recovery doubles efforts to collect compostables

The city’s Resource Recovery Department continues its push toward its goal of Zero Waste by 2040 by doubling its current program to test curbside compost collection. Officially calling it the Curbside Organics Collection Pilot, city officials are hoping they can…

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…

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

LCRA raises permit fees for developers to recover 100 percent of cost

Developers along the Highland Lakes will be paying more for construction permits as part of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s effort to keep what’s left of its water supply as clean as possible.   The LCRA Board of Directors approved the…

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