Environment

As part of Texas Public Radio's on-going focus on the environment, we are proud to bring the public and our members special events, stories and initiatives to help improve and draw attention to the city's health and environment.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The lead contamination of Flint Michigan’s water has caused communities around the country to wonder- could it happen here?  The answer for San Antonio is that the San Antonio Water System believes its customers are safe. 

When the City of Flint began using water from the Flint River, it’s highly corrosive properties caused lead from pipes to leach into the water. Physicians found elevated lead levels in children.

Texas Targets EPA Smog Rule in Latest Suit

Dec 29, 2015

In another lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the state of Texas is taking aim at tightened standards on ground-level ozone — President Obama’s effort to cut down on smog that chokes the nation’s skies. 

Nathan Cone / TPR

Water is intimately connected to the human experience. It weaves into and out of our individual and collective human lives. Precisely because it is so interwoven in our lives, water frequently becomes part of the most important narratives that we tell about ourselves and our human experience. Water is there at the moment of creation; it is there at the moment of devastation; and it is there as we navigate the more subtle moments of our lives.

Nathan Cone / TPR

The San Antonio Clean Technology Forum held its sixth annual Water Forum at the Pearl Stable on Monday, October 26. The program focused on Texas’s quest for future water supplies, including discussion about new initiatives by San Antonio Water System (SAWS) such as the controversial Vista Ridge project, the launch of the new Texas A&M University San Antonio Water Institute, water quality issues, and major water projects funded by the Texas Water Development Board.

SAWS Defends Vista Ridge

Oct 22, 2015
SAWS

The ousted author of a study that describes a controversial San Antonio water supply project as “high risk” squared off with the head of the city’s water utility Wednesday, questioning — among other things — whether an extra 16 billion gallons of water per year would diminish the city’s pioneering water conservation programs.

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