Environment

Environment
2:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Peek Inside Kronkosky State Natural Area, The Hill Country's Next Big Park

Superintendent James Rice with baby Madrone trees
Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

There’s a large state natural area north of town that’s being prepared for the public and on Tuesday I got to take a tour.

While Government Canyon is more than four times its size, the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area is still pretty huge: 3,757 acres.

James Rice is the superintendent, and at this point the only employee of Kronkosky, which is seven miles west of Boerne in a particularly hilly stretch of Hwy. 46. 

“Albert and Bessie Kronkosky started buying up this property in 1946 and they wanted to preserve it,” Rice said.

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Air Quality
4:06 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Getting State Help With Air Quality Plan

Credit City of San Antonio

The state of Texas will be helping San Antonio meet air quality standards. During a city council committee meeting Wednesday, San Antonio's intergovernmental relations director, Jeff Coyle, told members that a plan will be drafted by the state to allow local leaders to choose how to best solve the region's air quality needs.

The state has agreed to do a draft a study for San Antonio to identify air quality solutions that local leaders can implement.

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Texas Water
1:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Abbott Threatens EPA With Lawsuit Over Proposed Water Regulations For "Ditches"

Credit EPA

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for a new set of proposed water protections. Abbott wants the EPA to scrap a plan that expands the definition of federal waterways.

The EPA wants to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways. The agency said it would stiffen penalties for polluting those waterways that supply drinking water.

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Environment
4:44 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Calls For SAWS Moratorium On Development

Analisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is calling on the San Antonio Water System to place a moratorium on the construction of new developments in Northern Bexar County over concerns of sewer lines under creekbeds.

There are several new housing developments under construction in the Hwy. 218 and TCP Parkway area. The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance claims it has seen diminished water quality over the last few years due to new developments.

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Solar Farm
4:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Sheep Keeping Grass Under Control At OCI Solar "Farm" In San Antonio

The sheep have been effective so far, according to OCI Solar Power officials.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

OCI Solar Power thought of an idea that leaders there say is sheer genius. They've put sheep to work on the grounds of a solar farm on the far northeast side to keep the grass cut.

As solar panels soak up plenty of hot Texas sunshine, there's plenty landscaping work to do at the Alamo 2 Solar Farm off Binz-Engleman near North Foster Road. But instead of people, OCI Solar Power is employing lambscapers.

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Environment
4:18 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

SAWS, Schertz And Seguin Now Pumping Drought-Proof Water From Carrizo Aquifer

SAWS pumping station in Schertz, bringing the first non-Edwards Aquifer water to San Antonio from the Carrizo Aquifer
Credit SAWS

Water customers in Northeast San Antonio began benefiting from a new water supply Friday. 

An agreement among the cities of San Antonio, Schertz and Seguin was celebrated with the dedication of the new SAWS pumping station in Schertz that augments SAWS' plan to obtain drought-proof water for its customers.

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Bats In San Antonio
3:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bat Education On Museum Reach Reveals Different Eating Patterns For Bachelor Bats

The bat colony underneath I-35 at Camden Street is a bachelor colony, where bats have a somewhat different feeding habit than in the Bracken Cave, where ten million bats leave at the same time each night.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is again offering its bat educational program on the Museum Reach to raise awareness about the bats’ relationship to our environment. 

This is the SARA’s fifth year for "Bat Loco," an informational program that coincides with the bats’ colonization after their return to South Texas from Mexico.

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Texas Drought
10:16 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought

Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record. (Justin Cozart/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:48 pm

Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record – worse than the dustbowl days of the ’50s. It started in 2010, and climatologists don’t see it letting up any time soon.

As city manager Darron Leiker explains, the city has taken a series of aggressive measures to cope.

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Water Pipeline
7:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline

Credit SAWS

The San Antonio Water System is entering into negotiations on a water plan that would supply one-fifth of the total water the city currently uses.

The proposal from the Vista Ridge Consortium selected by SAWS will allow the pumping of more than 50,000 acre feet of water per year out of the Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers northeast of Austin in Burleson County.

“San Antonio currently uses about 240,000 acre feet per year so the project would represent about 20% of our annual demand,” said Greg Flores, vice president of public affairs for SAWS.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers

SAWS workers display the type of filter that will be used to purify the salty Wilcox Water.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Water System's new desalination plant will come online in 2016. Wednesday, leaders with SAWS broke ground to officially kick-off the initiative that will purify salt water from the Wilcox Aquifer.

The salty aquifer is about two Tower of the Americas deep underground in Southern Bexar County. SAWS is building a plant that will clean all of that salt out so people can drink it. SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the ocean is about 20 times more salty, but it will still need to be purified.

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