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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Downtown tree canopy only 14 percent according to city survey

The long-awaited results of a downtown tree survey prompted by the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance are in.   Last week, Environmental Board members got their first view of the completed survey, which will be used to help the city’s boards…

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Watershed Protection Ordinance gets first rewrite in 28 years

City Council members took something of a strange path getting there but in the end, they approved the first major changes to the city’s Watershed Protection Ordinance since 1986 on a 7-0 vote.   Because the ordinance rewrite also involved…

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Fledging coalition making long-term water plans for Central Texas

Travis County is part of a fledgling effort to form a regional coalition that could identify and reserve future water supplies and eventually facilitate infrastructure to deliver water from aquifers in counties outside of Central Texas.With a resolution, Travis joins…

Monday, October 14, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Watershed Ordinance rewrite still has some hurdles to overcome

The massive Watershed Protection Ordinance passed its first official hurdle at City Council earlier this month, though a few bones of contention remain and much more discussion is likely on the horizon.   After unanimously approving the new ordinance on…

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Non-Austin ratepayers file another Austin Energy complaint with PUC

The group of out-of-town residents who originally challenged last year’s Austin Energy rate increase has filed another complaint with Public Utility Commission against AE. In a nine-page document signed by Homeowners United for Rate Fairness attorney (and Travis County Republican…

Friday, October 4, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Water Utility’s Meszaros outlines worst-case drought scenarios

Austin Water Utility Director Greg Meszaros offered Austin City Council members a grim view of the lingering regional drought, and the potential effects it might have should Central Texas not see significant rainfall in the near future.   In addition…

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