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.

Jamey Vogel / Hill Country Fruit Growers

It is expected to be a prolific season for Texas Hill Country peaches, thanks to some ideal weather conditions this winter.  

Jamey Vogel, president of the Hill Country Fruit Council, said that the late cold weather has been good for Texas peaches. “We have had really good chilling hours this winter, which is really important for the buds to break out of dormancy, which they’re doing now,” he said.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is starting the environmental study phase of its proposal to build a double-decker highway along I-35 north, and Monday, March 9, is the last day for public comment.

TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said the 15-mile project is designed to ease I-35 congestion for commuters and commercial traffic between Loop 410 and FM 1103 in Schertz.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain and sleet, which is in effect from midnight Wednesday to noon Thursday.

Arctic air has moved across Texas. Freezing rain and sleet are possible. Temperatures should rise above freezing after noon Thursday.

Freezing rain and sleet could cause icing of less than 1/10 of an inch. This will make for patchy ice on roads and hazardous driving conditions in some spots.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

With whistles and "whoops" Mark Lange is calling to and directing Ira one of his bird dogs. Ira is a brown and white German short haired pointer. She is happily romping through the tall South Texas grass searching for a covey of Bobwhite quail. But this is a different kind of bird hunt Lange is Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist 

“She a little close running dog and she won’t range out too far,” said Lange.

California and the Southwest are entering the fourth year of drought conditions. This is what scientists call a normal drought that occurs naturally and only lasts a few years.

But a new study published in the journal Science Advances says the U.S. will experience a “megadrought” that will go on for decades in the latter part of the 21st century (2050–2099).

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