Carlos 'n Charlie's restaurant on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, will be having its last last call on Monday. But don't bother coming by boat.
The restaurant has been a lakeside hotspot since it opened in 1995. Back then, docking at the restaurant's wharf was a popular way to take in the party atmosphere, which part-owner Pete Clark describes as like "a cheap Spring break movie."
A Texas senator is encouraging people to take pictures of the ongoing drought in the Lone Star State.
As drought conditions persist across the state, Senator Judith Zaffirini has started a statewide photography campaign called “What does your Texas drought look like?” She’s inviting Texans to contribute their photographs of the drought’s impact.
A popular state park in West Texas is closing for six months while the staff undertakes a major upgrade of the park’s utility system.
Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife said many of the amenities at Davis Mountains State Park in West Texas will be unavailable to visitors during a major renovation starting Sept. 3, including the campgrounds, trails and the park's Interpretive Center.
The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring new labels on certain pesticides that may harm bees and other pollinators, just one effort in an ongoing multi-layered campaign to strengthen the bee population.
In May the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report showing scientific consensus that there are a complex set of stressors associated with the decline in honey bee populations, including loss of habitat, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.
Engineers without Borders chapters exist to provide communities around the world with solutions that improve the lives of its residents. They provide support by designing improvements from solar power for neighborhood centers to water supplies for hospitals.
Local engineers are gathering to create the first local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The first project for the Alamo Professional Chapter will be a potable water supply for Papachacra, Bolivia, a community of about 2,000 people with no good water supply.
With the lack of rain and the summer heat beating down the area, the Edwards Aquifer Authority is declaring Stage 3 pumping restrictions. It's only the second time that the EAA has declared Stage 3 for users of the San Antonio pool of the Edward Aquifer. The first time was last summer, from August 15th to September 15th.
This year, the EAA is calling for Stage 3 two weeks earlier than last year.
A group of local students have been honored for a year’s worth of photographic work highlighting the local environment. A calendar featuring their nature photographs was unveiled Monday. The students came from all over town and a variety of age groups. Some, like middle-school student, Lauren Szymanski, were challenged by their teachers to do something new.
"She didn’t want us to over-edit our pictures," Szymanski said. "So it was kind of different, because we’re so used to editing our pictures in these crazy different ways."
The Edwards Aquifer has slipped below the trigger point for Stage Three water restrictions in both San Antonio and New Braunfels. One city has decided to take action, while the other will wait it out.
The Aquifer hit 639 feet today, setting the ball rolling for every other week watering, at least for San Antonio and New Braunfels. New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil issued a declaration stating Stage Three would begin on Monday. Utility Spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer says the first week of no watering will be August 19th.
An environmental group has released the results of a study that details the cost of the new oil boom known as “Fracking.” Fracking extracts oil and gas from the ground by injecting well sites with a high-pressurized mixture of water, salts and chemicals (see above graphic).
Environment Texas chartered a study of how much fracking costs Texas landowners and cities in terms of damaged roads, contamination, and pollution.
"Texas’ financial insurance standards are inadequate,” explains Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.