Environment

Environment
11:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Museum Reach Oil Spill Declared Minor, Area Wildlife Not Affected

Officials say wildlife on the San Antonio River were unaffected by the oil spill washed into the San Antonio River by heavy rains on April 27.
Eileen Pace TPR

As the investigation continues into the cause of the oil spill that heavy rains carried into the San Antonio River on the final Saturday of Fiesta last month, officials say the spill has been remediated and restoration is almost complete. 

They said it was a perfect storm: An unknown amount of oil spilling into the street during Fiesta, when hundreds of cars had driven up and down Broadway, and a heavy rain that washed everything down the hill on 10th Street and into the river along the east bank of the Museum Reach.

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Flood Control
11:02 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Bexar County Meeting With Residents On Flood Control Project For VFW Blvd.

Bexar County

Bexar County is beginning a new project in its 10-year, $500 million flood control plan, and the public is invited to ask questions about the project at tonight’s information session.

The meeting is to inform residents, business people and other members of the public what will be affected by the $8.5 million project on VFW Blvd. near Roosevelt Avenue.

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BP Oil Spill
3:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

BP To Pay Texas $18 Million From Deepwater Horizon Disaster

National Wildlife Federation (NWFblogs on Flickr) cc

Texas is included in five of 28 restoration projects across the Gulf of Mexico under a conditional agreement between BP and Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Tom Harvey said although the Texas coast was less visibly impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas wildlife was affected.

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Museum Reach
3:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

TCEQ Confident It Will Find Source Of Museum Reach Oil Spill

Oil-soaked berms, which line the landscaping to prevent mulch and other items from washing into the river, will be replaced.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Several agencies are now investigating an oil spill that flowed into the San Antonio River at 10th Street last weekend.

So much rain came down over the weekend and Monday that it is difficult for the agencies to measure the amount of oil that washed down Avenue B to 10th Street, over the berms, through the grass, and into the river.

Tests by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have determined that the spill was petroleum oil.

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Museum Reach
4:06 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Updated: Oil Spill Flows Into San Antonio River Near Museum Reach

Site along Museum Reach where oil washed into the river.
Eileen Pace TPR

Update: (May 3 12:08 p.m.) The test results found that the oil is petroleum based, but SARA still doesn't know where the oil originated.

The TCEQ and SARA have agreed that they will share the cost of restoring the vegetation and grass in the affected areas.

Update: (May 3, 9:45 a.m.) Still no word on the sample results from SARA or the TCEQ.

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Medina Lake
5:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

SAWS Discontinues Use Of Medina Lake Water

Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013
Flickr user jwhippy cc

The water in Medina Lake has fallen so low that the San Antonio Water System is no longer drawing water from it. The shift will affect the water source for the southern portion of Bexar County.

At the end of last week, SAWS shut off its pump in Medina Lake, which is now only five percent full.

"The water remaining is developing some water quality issues," said SAWS Spokeswoman Ann Hayden.

The decision to stop pumping was due to a concern about the water quality level and the amount of algae.

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Honey Wasp
10:03 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Residents Of That Paper Nest In Your Tree Are Good Neighbors

The large paper nests in South Central Texas trees are most likely home to honey wasps.
Molly Keck Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is noticing an increase in the number of small Mexican honey wasps in the Bexar County area and experts are putting out the word that these insects are not the harmful wasps that people are typically afraid of.

The Mexican honey wasp is a beneficial insect that eats other more harmful pests, and Molly Keck, an entymologist with the Texas A&M AfgiLife Extension Service, said they are not prone to attacking humans, unless they become irritated.

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Air Pollution
12:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Particle Air Pollution Down, But Smog Is Up In San Antonio

San Antonio traffic.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 Report released Wednesday finds Bexar County has joined a nationwide trend of improved overall air quality.

However, San Antonio has an ongoing problem with ozone.

Susanna Fuchs, senior director of environmental health for the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region, said the general trend is toward less pollution across cities in the U.S.

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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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