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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Cate Malek

Environmental Commission recommends funds for river watchers

The health of Austin’s rivers is carefully monitored on a regular basis by a team of experts. But some of those experts are much younger than many people may realize.Austin Youth River Watch has been training at-risk high school students…

Monday, August 8, 2016 by Cate Malek

City arborists need reinforcements

It’s easy to imagine that Austin’s trees are a natural feature of the city, but the abundant greenery lining the streets is actually protected and maintained by a tiny army of arborists. And, with new buildings being built every day,…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Cate Malek

Environmental Commission pushes city to join lawsuit over SH 45 SW toll road

Citing concerns about whether a proposed state highway improvement project will contaminate Barton Springs, the Environmental Commission recommended that City Council join a lawsuit against the state agencies behind the project.The proposed toll road, which would be built between MoPac…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission OKs drainage discount for rain barrels

The city’s Environmental Commission endorsed a proposed ordinance last week that will give property owners the chance to lower their drainage fees if they make efforts to reduce runoff from their properties.Austin Water utility already provides a one-time rebate to…

Monday, June 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Environmental Commission votes narrowly against Grove PUD

After six hours of testimony from neighbors at a previous meeting and a two-and-a-half-hour question and answer session with city staff and project developers at its most recent one, members of the city Environmental Commission remained deeply divided over a…

Friday, June 3, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Grove PUD plan punted back to developers

After getting the thumbs-down from the Parks and Recreation Department last week, the Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development has been put in a two-week timeout by the Environmental Commission to give the developer time to address some outstanding…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Commission votes to clean up ‘East Austin’s Mount Bonnell’

In a move some residents and commissioners referred to as symbolic, the Environmental Commission voted to clean up a site that has been called the Mount Bonnell of East Austin.The La Loma trail and Red Bluff site, located behind the…

Friday, May 13, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council says only three land-use pros on board

City Council voted Thursday to limit to three the number of land-use professionals who may serve on the 11-member Environmental Commission. That is the same number of land-use professionals who were allowed when the commission was only seven members, and members…

Friday, April 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Austin mourns environmentalist Mary Gay Maxwell

Members of Austin’s environmental community were in mourning Thursday after learning of the death of Environmental Commission Chair Mary Gay Maxwell. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera, Maxwell died Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a head-on…

Friday, November 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City works to incentivize treated wastewater reuse

Although many believe that it is better to reuse treated wastewater than to discharge it into bodies of water, not all agree on how state law could incentivize reuse. City and regional stakeholders are drafting a proposal that might achieve…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Environmental Board sides with trees over variance

The future of two live oak trees in a downtown Austin parking lot sparked vigorous debate at a Wednesday meeting of the Environmental Commission, which ultimately recommended against the city granting a variance to its Heritage Tree Ordinance to make…

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The return

Council changes positions – literally… At their Thursday meeting, City Council members drew from a hat to determine where they will sit on the dais for the next six months. Mayor Steve Adler, who will remain seated in the middle…

Monday, June 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board gives green light to project

Last week the Environmental Board recommended a waiver for a new building on Shoal Creek downtown.The waiver will allow encroachment into the 70-degree angle of the city’s waterfront overlay. Though the Environmental Board is required to hear about the waiver,…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Hyde Park area residents point to flooding causes

Flood maps in hand, several Hyde Park area residents pointed to poorly designed sewer drains and a blocked retention pond pipe as major contributing factors to the area’s Memorial Day flooding.Tanya Quinn and Mary Ingle, who live near the intersection…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Board says no to SH45 SW

Austin’s Environmental Board is giving City Council a clear message: The State Highway 45 Southwest road project should not move forward.At the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, members passed a motion declaring that they “(did) not support the building of SH45…

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City’s 2014 heritage tree results a mixed bag

Austin’s heritage tree ordinance is effectively protecting the city’s healthy historical trees, though last year saw the loss of a considerable number of them due to poor health and related issues.That sums up what Keith Mars, environmental coordinator for the…

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Downward oxygen trend a risk for salamanders

Barton Springs is the only known home to the endangered and federally protected Barton Springs and Austin Blind salamanders. Unfortunately, for these unique creatures, the level of life-sustaining dissolved oxygen in their ecosystem has dropped on average over the past…

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Concerns raised over 18-foot-wide trail design

A proposed urban trail that is as wide as a city street became an issue Wednesday, after residents voiced concern about the pathway’s design.During an April 1 meeting, Environmental Board members heard an update on the Upper Boggy Creek Trail design.…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board gives nod to Lake Austin tram

A homeowner hoping to build a tram to Lake Austin continued his quest through the city’s boards and commissions last week.Chris Pacitti, who owns the home at 70 Pascal Lane, had more luck at the Environmental Board, which recommended his…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

City says SH45 SW environmental study unsound

Austin’s Environmental Board is looking at its options after hearing from city staff that the approved environmental impact study, or EIS, for State Highway 45 Southwest is not based on sound science.The EIS was prepared by TxDOT and CTRMA, with assistance…

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