Environment

Environment
7:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties

Texas Forest Service shows 75 counties under a burn ban on March 11, 2014, including Bexar and adjacent Wilson and Kendall Counties.
Texas Forest Service

With the area expected to remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer, Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately. 

Bexar joins 74 other counties are under a burn ban as of today, according to the Texas Forest Service. Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts says he’s seen an increase in the number of grass fires in the late afternoons, in all parts of the county.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

San Antonio City Leaders To Hear Recommendation On Plastic Bag Ban

San Antonio city leaders will hear a recommendation on March 19 from staff on how to move foward with a possible plastic bag ban in the Alamo City.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Just over a year ago, city leaders in Austin instituted a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. As San Antonio leaders decide on the consequences of a similar ban, shoppers in Austin say it's only a matter of getting used to.

They carry on as if nothing ever changed. "It just took a little time to get used to it, but it's definitely worth it," said Bethany Martin as she carried her groceries out of an Austin-area Whole Foods on Monday.

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Texas Water
10:14 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future

Lingering drought conditions have city leaders considering long-term water needs. Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013, a victim of continued drought conditions.
Flickr user jwhippy cc

San Antonio Water System officials are in talks to find a supply of water in addition to the Edwards Aquifer to meet growth demands over the next few decades.

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has joined the discussion with a new study, the Impact of Potential Water Shortages on San Antonio’s Economy, which illustrates the link between long-term water needs and San Antonio’s economy.

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Environment
9:49 am
Thu February 20, 2014

River Authority Volunteer Program Looking For "Watershed Wise Warriors"

Watershed Wise Warriors is the first volunteer recruitment program for the San Antonio River Authority. Volunteers age 15 and older are needed for two-to-four-hour activities that vary throughout the year.

The San Antonio River Authority is inviting members of the community who are interested in watershed preservation to join its new volunteer program "Watershed Wise Warriors."

The call is going out for volunteers in the counties of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad. It’s the first time SARA has called for an ongoing volunteer bank for its activities. Spokesman Steven Schauer said the "warriors" are needed for the not-so-sexy jobs.

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Environment & Energy
1:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

New Report Shows Texas May Have Sufficient Energy Reserves Until 2020

Mose Buchele StateImpact Texas

A report out this week contradicts information put out by the Public Utility Commission that the state  does not have sufficient energy reserves and is in need of changing to a capacity market model.

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Environment
10:25 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Energy Companies Show Off New Devices At DistribuTech Conference

Attendees walk around the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during the DistribuTech conference in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The smartest minds are in town energized about new technology and the changing world of energy production and consumption.

This year's DistribuTech conference is in San Antonio and is helping change the future of the energy industry.

Inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, leaders from the world's largest energy companies are busy talking about the latest and greatest in power transmission. The buzz is overwhelming, but really what It's really all about is how energy companies are updating their systems to better serve customers.

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Bracken Bat Cave
9:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bracken Bat Cave Gets Reprieve After Developer Opts Out Of Surrounding Property

The land around Bracken Bat Cave and the proposed subdivision, which will now not be developed.
Bat Conservation International

A tentative buyer has declined to purchase the property -- known as Crescent Hills -- adjacent to the Bracken Bat Cave and now a coalition of potential buyers is hoping to acquire the land to preserve it.

The coalition is a loosely-knit group of people and organizations who want to see the land surrounding the bat cave permanently preserved instead of being open for development of houses and commercial activity.

One of the interested parties is San Antonio District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:15 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

UTSA Eagle Ford Shale Reports Will Shift Focus To Long-Term Community Issues In Boom Towns

UTSA's Thomas Tunstall in the TPR studios during an appearance on "The Source."
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The South Texas oil and natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to impact Texas and its local communities in a big way in 2014, but the boom may have already seen its largest single-year growth.

Every year the University of Texas at San Antonio studies how the Eagle Ford Shale has affected the small Texas towns where production is happening. The report takes into account both the positives and negatives of the growth.

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Alternative Energy
9:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

New 167,00 Panel Solar Farm Now In Operation For San Antonio

167,000 of these solar panels cover the 450 acre plot of land a few miles south of San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A new solar farm on the far South Side of San Antonio is now generating electricity for CPS energy.

Just south of loop 410  on Blue Wing Road is a newly built solar farm called Alamo 1. At 453 acres it’s the size 300 foot ball field and can generate enough energy to power 6,600 homes. It’s 167,00 solar panels went online last week, generating 40 megawatts - it’s the first phase of what will be a 400 megawatt project.

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Environment
5:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Rare Wintertime Stage 3 Restrictions

In a rare move for this time of year, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared Stage 3 water restrictions.

SAWS customers need not worry. A spokesperson tells TPR there is enough reserve water on hand at its Carrizo Aquifer storage site in southern Bexar County to not impose restrictions on its customers. But, SAWS itself will have to reduce its pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer by 35 percent.

SAWS, along with small municipalities like Universal City and Alamo Heights, are permit holders of the EAA. SAWS happens to be the largest permit holder.

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