Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org en Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit? http://tpr.org/post/did-gov-perry-overstep-authority-line-item-veto-public-integrity-unit <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> In the last legislative session Gov. Perry threatened to and then vetoed the budget of the state's public integrity unit, a state agency that scrutinizes governmental affairs, when the Travis County district attorney, who oversees the unit, did not step down from her post. A special prosecutor is now looking into the case. Also on this show: The governor's race and pre-K, new addition to Texas public school curriculum, cleanup of oil spill on Texas coast, and endangered species vs. oil prospecting.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:34:53 +0000 David Martin Davies 29885 at http://tpr.org Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit? Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island http://tpr.org/post/oil-cleanup-moves-carefully-matagorda-padre-island <p>Padre Island National Seashore has reopened its beaches after cleanup of the oil spill that made its way from Galveston to the southern coastline.</p><p>But farther up the coast, government agencies and volunteers are still struggling to clean up the oil that settled in at Matagorda Island, while protecting its wildlife.</p><p>It’s been more than two weeks since a barge in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. It took a while for the oil to drift southward to the pristine beaches that draw more than 300 bird species each spring.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:51:04 +0000 Eileen Pace 29724 at http://tpr.org Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island LCRA Board Approves Money For Major Downstream Reservoir Project In Wharton County http://tpr.org/post/lcra-board-approves-money-major-downstream-reservoir-project-wharton-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Board of Directors for the Lower Colorado River Authority has approved the next phase of a downstream reservoir that will capture some of the water heading to </span>Matagorda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bay.</span></p><p>This week, the LCRA board approved spending $17 million that will go toward finalizing the design of the reservoir in Wharton County.</p><p>The LCRA’s Clara Tuma said the reservoir in the lower basin will provide fresh water to the Gulf Coast bays, as well as Texas rice farmers on the coastal plains.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:47:04 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28634 at http://tpr.org LCRA Board Approves Money For Major Downstream Reservoir Project In Wharton County Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request http://tpr.org/post/dozens-testify-tceq-hearing-lcra-highland-lakes-water-request <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commissioners with the Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality spent nearly six hours hearing testimony from those that would be affected by a request from the </span>Lower Colorado River Authority<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to stop the flow of water coming from the Highland Lakes.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:35:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 26657 at http://tpr.org Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org/post/how-lcra-river-restrictions-are-affecting-oyster-harvesters-matagorda-bay <p></p><p>Matagorda is just another small Texas town, but its bay is one of the key areas in the state for oyster harvesting and processing. It’s also where the mouth of the Colorado River feeds into the Gulf of Mexico, which creates a unique habitat for animals that survive within a careful balance of fresh and salt water.</p><p>The area has been hit hard in recent years by drought, and the lack of rainfall has also taken its toll on the aquatic life, whose survival depends on the fresh water to lower the salinity levels of the bay, which is where shrimp hatch and oysters reproduce.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:47:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22210 at http://tpr.org How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay Thanks To October Rains, LCRA Pulls Request To Stop Water Flow Into Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org/post/thanks-october-rains-lcra-pulls-request-stop-water-flow-matagorda-bay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lower Colorado River Authority has rescinded its request to block the flow of water headed downstream into </span>Matagorda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bay from the Highland Lakes.</span></p><p>In the early part of October, the LCRA issued an emergency request from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, but this Tuesday they said recent rains that led to flooding in sections of Central Texas brought the lake levels up to a suitable level.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:49:42 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21883 at http://tpr.org Thanks To October Rains, LCRA Pulls Request To Stop Water Flow Into Matagorda Bay Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars http://tpr.org/post/texas-politics-death-penalty-endangered-species-and-water-wars <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Matters: </span></strong>A look at major issues from all over the state this week -- Tom DeLay is acquitted of money laundering, the American Bar Association reviews the states system of capital punishment, alleged scandal with the dunes sagebrush lizard and a water tug-of-war between the Highland Lakes and Matagorda Bay.</p><p><strong>If this isn't money laundering, then what is?</strong></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:23:21 +0000 David Martin Davies 18859 at http://tpr.org Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars LCRA Wants To Stop The Flow Of Water Into Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org/post/lcra-wants-stop-flow-water-matagorda-bay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board voted 9-6 to stop the flow of water going into the </span>Matagorda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bay’s estuaries.</span></p><p>The board will ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cease the flow of the 5,800 acre feet of water projected for the area.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:21:38 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18811 at http://tpr.org LCRA Wants To Stop The Flow Of Water Into Matagorda Bay