Environment

Bastrop Wildfire Recovery
10:02 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Arbor Day Ceremony Highlights Ongoing Recovery Of Bastrop Community

Bastrop State Park is now recovering from the devastation caused by the late 2011 wildfire.
Texas Parks and Wildlife

A little more than 18 months after the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, Bastrop is coming together once again, this time to celebrate resiliency, recovery, and hope.

Those themes will be the primary focus as Bastrop residents join with state and local dignitaries this Friday to celebrate the 124th Texas Arbor Day.

Texas A&M Forester Service Director Tom Boggus said Arbor Day is special because it celebrates the bond between Texans and our trees.

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Solar Power
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Solar Advocates Unite To Oppose CPS Energy's Solar Credit Changes

CPS Energy

San Antonio’s solar power industry is collectively fighting back against a plan by CPS Energy to lower a credit given to solar energy users.

Solar interests are calling for CPS Energy to backtrack on its decision to introduce SunCredit, a program that would reduce an existing dollar-for-dollar credit on generating solar energy.

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Texas Drought
4:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

SAWS Program Will Help Homeowners Make Drought-Friendly Yard Changes

Lavender is a low-water use plant and is good for San Antonio landscapes.
Eileen Pace TPR

The San Antonio Water System board just approved a program that will help customers transform portions of their landscape to save water.

Though past landscape programs have required customers to make purchases up front to get a rebate, the new program issues a coupon before the purchase, giving households a discount on approved plants and a required amount of mulch at a local nursery.

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Solar Power
9:37 am
Thu April 11, 2013

CPS Energy Plan To Change Solar Credit Rate Outrages Advocates

Though San Antonio is a leader in Texas solar power, the total amount of solar generated is still a small slice in the overall system.
Environment Texas

CPS Energy is replacing its solar credit system that pays solar energy users with another program that pays slightly less, leaving some solar energy organizations and customers outraged.

CPS Energy customers currently pay 9.9 cents per kilowatt used, but people with solar energy on their home or business receive the same 9.9 cents back as a credit on their bill for every kilowatt they generate in a process called net-metering.

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Texas Parks
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Texas Parks And Wildlife Getting By With Help From Private Donations

Thanks to funding help, Bastrop State Park is recovering from the devastating fires.
Texas Parks and Wildlife

Last year Whole Earth Provision raised $30,000 for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and hopes to break its own record this year.

Texas State Parks suffered a tremendous drop in visitors in 2011 that was blamed on extreme heat, the drought and the devastating wildfires - especially in Bastrop State Park.

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Water Management
9:07 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Supporting 38 Bills In Current Legislative Session

The San Antonio Riverwalk.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance has released its legislative agenda for the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, throwing its support behind 38 bills that promote water conservation and water quality, call for better funding of state parks, and improve coordination between various agencies dealing with water.

GEAA Executive Director Annalisa Peace said the broad support from the alliance indicates that legislators are thinking creatively and responsibly about Texas’ water problems.

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Electric Vehicles
1:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Council Considers Return Of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Neighborhood electric vehicles like this one, could start to be a common site in parts of San Antonio if the ban is lifted.
Flickr user miheco cc

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV's), haven't been allowed on San Antonio side streets since 2006, but they could be making a comeback.

Several serious accidents - often times involving young drivers - prompted a ban of such vehicles, sometimes called low speed vehicles, by the San Antonio City Council. That was seven years ago, but new state laws require them to be licensed and registered and an amendment to the Transportation Code allows the vehicles to travel on roads with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less.

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Texas Drought
11:36 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Aquifer Authority Elevates Uvalde Pool To Stage 5 Pumping Restrictions

Just last week the Uvalde Pool was moved to Stage 4, The San Antonio Pool remains in Stage 2.
Edwards Aquifer Authority

The Edwards Aquifer Authority officially declared Stage 5 pumping restrictions for users of the Uvalde Pool. This stage of the EAA Critical Period Management Plan requires permit holders to reduce their authorized annual pumping from the aquifer by 44 percent.

The EAA declared Stage 5 based on declining water level readings at the J-27 monitoring well in Uvalde. It has been officially confirmed that the 10-day average is below the threshold of 840 feet above sea level. 

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1604 Construction
1:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Northwest 1604 To Be Widened To Four Lanes, Could Reach 151 Interchange

The 1604 and 281 flyovers have only been part of the on-going improvements to the outer loop that continues to see heavy traffic.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A nearly 5 mile section of 1604 on the Northwest Side will be expanded to four lanes in the next several years through a TxDOT project that could include the 151/1604 interchange project that was stopped indefinitely last year.

4.7 miles of 1604 from Bandera to Culebra will be expanded to four lanes. At the moment, the Texas Department of Transportation is deciding between four different construction companies who will design and build the project.

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Platic Bag Ban
5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Is San Antonio Ready For A Plastic Bag Ban?

It is not uncommon to see a plastic bag stuck in a tree.
Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

Plastic bags are as much a part of the retail and grocery store experience as the milk and bread they carry, but recently, cities across Texas have been taking a journey down the road less traveled.

Brownsville, Laguna Vista, South Padre Island and now Austin are part of a growing movement to ban plastic bags.

Local shoppers seem to agree with the sentiment.

"I wouldn't mind banning something as long as there's an alternate to it," said H-E-B shopper John Saldaña.

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