Environment http://tpr.org en Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought http://tpr.org/post/wichita-falls-fights-devastating-drought Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record &#8211; worse than the dustbowl days of the &#8217;50s. It started in 2010, and climatologists don&#8217;t see it letting up any time soon.<p>As city manager <strong>Darron Leiker</strong> explains, the city has taken a series of aggressive measures to cope.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/?NID=28" target="_blank">Darron Leiker</a></strong>, city manager of Wichita Falls.</li> </ul> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WBUR-FM. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:16:07 +0000 editor 34803 at http://tpr.org Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline http://tpr.org/post/saws-enters-negotiations-water-pipeline <p></p><p>The San Antonio Water System is entering into negotiations on a water plan that would supply <span style="line-height: 1.5;">one-fifth of the total water the city currently uses.</span></p><p>The proposal from the Vista Ridge Consortium selected by SAWS will allow the pumping of more than 50,000 acre feet of water per year out of the Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers northeast of Austin in Burleson County.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:03:44 +0000 Joey Palacios 34500 at http://tpr.org SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers http://tpr.org/post/saws-new-desalination-plant-numbers <p></p><p>San Antonio Water System's new desalination plant will come online in 2016. Wednesday, leaders with SAWS broke ground to officially kick-off the initiative that will purify salt water from the Wilcox Aquifer.</p><p>The salty aquifer is about two Tower of the Americas deep underground in Southern Bexar County. SAWS is building a plant that will clean all of that salt out so people can drink it. SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the ocean is about 20 times more salty, but it will still need to be purified.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:59:23 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34451 at http://tpr.org SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off http://tpr.org/post/harvard-study-advances-knowledge-colony-collapse-disorder-honeybee-die <p>A new study by Harvard University explains a little more about colony collapse disorder (CCD), the name given to the sudden and widespread die-off of the honeybees that our food supply depends on for pollination.<br /><br />The findings may also explain why Texas bee hives are doing better than those in other parts of the country.<br /><br />Scientists have suspected for some time that a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids is responsible for CCD.<br /> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:24:01 +0000 Eileen Pace 33048 at http://tpr.org Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules http://tpr.org/post/epa-wants-texas-cut-carbon-emissions-nearly-40-under-new-rules <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-proposed-rule" target="_blank">Newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules</a> for existing coal-fired power plants have several state and federal officials up in arms over the possible economic impact for Texas businesses.</span></p><p><strike>This year the EPA plans to implement rules on existing coal-fired power plants, which will have three years to fix and update their facilities or face hefty fines.</strike></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:38:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32722 at http://tpr.org EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing http://tpr.org/post/olive-oil-far-being-next-boom-texas-industry-growing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last five years the number of olive trees in Texas has increased rapidly, but even with tremendous growth several farmers say it’s not enough to call it the next oil boom.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:11:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32457 at http://tpr.org Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan http://tpr.org/post/sara-addressing-trash-debris-problem-olmos-basin-strategic-cleanup-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Antonio River Authority has begun a process to clean up trash and debris that end up in </span>Olmos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Basin. Officials are working on a project to remove&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">much of the trash dumped in far northwest </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County before it winds up in the San Antonio River.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:39:20 +0000 Eileen Pace 32094 at http://tpr.org SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan Ban On Hydraulic Fracking In Denton Would Be A First In Texas http://tpr.org/post/ban-hydraulic-fracking-denton-would-be-first-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Texas city of Denton sits atop one of the largest natural gas reserves and could become the first Texas city to ban hydraulic fracturing. </span></p><p>O<span style="line-height: 1.5;">pponents worry the process of extracting oil and gas is hazardous to residents' health and call it a violation of property rights.</span></p><p>Denton has had a temporary ban on fracking since 2012 but will consider permanently banning it in the next two months. Denton City council has the next 60 days to vote on the issue.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:44:42 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31392 at http://tpr.org Ban On Hydraulic Fracking In Denton Would Be A First In Texas SCOTUS Rules Against State Of Texas In EPA Cross-Border State Pollution Case http://tpr.org/post/scotus-rules-against-state-texas-epa-cross-border-state-pollution-case <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 Cross-Border Pollution Provision that was added to the Federal Clean Air Act. The State of Texas led the opposition against the provision, which was meant to address air pollution drifting into neighboring states.</span></p><p>Supreme Court justices voted to overturn the lower court’s ruling on a vote of 6-2 in favor of the EPA’s rule that is designed to curb air pollution from coal-fired power plants that are located in 28 states.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:33:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30855 at http://tpr.org SCOTUS Rules Against State Of Texas In EPA Cross-Border State Pollution Case Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives http://tpr.org/post/looking-third-year-water-shortage-rice-farmers-considering-expensive-alternatives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After being told by the </span>LCRA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that they could face a </span>third g<span style="line-height: 1.5;">rowing season with no irrigation water, some rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are considering spending millions of dollars to drill for groundwater.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The LCRA decided they were stopping the flow of water downstream from the Highland Lakes because of low lake levels due to drought conditions. </span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:25:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30602 at http://tpr.org Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives