Environment http://tpr.org en UTSA & Microsoft Strike Partnership In Energy Research http://tpr.org/post/utsa-microsoft-strike-partnership-energy-research <p>The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have joined in a partnership to construct renewable energy for its data centers.</p><p>The UTSA band lead the fanfare in the announcement for the partnership with global computer giant Microsoft. The goal between the two is to develop new methods of creating sustainable energy.</p><p>“The important thing is to not just gather power but to measure power and measure how the building uses its power and to find ways how about how find ways in which we can reduce the use of power,” said Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:37 +0000 Joey Palacios 30159 at http://tpr.org UTSA & Microsoft Strike Partnership In Energy Research Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act http://tpr.org/post/under-new-epa-standard-san-antonio-may-fall-non-attainment-clean-air-act <p>The race is on for this area to stay in compliance with federal guidelines on air quality but local leaders are being pushed up against huge obstacles.</p><p>The biggest hurdle may be complying with a lower Environmental Protection Agency standard, currently set at 75 parts per billion. San Antonio is just outside that number, while technically still in attainment of the Clean Air Act.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:13:39 +0000 Ryan Loyd 30077 at http://tpr.org Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act Investigators Looking Into Weekend Mission Reach Fuel Spill http://tpr.org/post/investigators-looking-weekend-mission-reach-fuel-spill <p></p><p>Investigators are looking into a weekend fuel spill that shut down paddling trails on the San Antonio River. O<span style="line-height: 1.5;">il booms were still in place along the Mission Reach Monday, but parts of the river closed Saturday were open again.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:49:47 +0000 Eileen Pace 30048 at http://tpr.org Investigators Looking Into Weekend Mission Reach Fuel Spill 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 Challenges Facing The Pedernales Basin http://tpr.org/post/challenges-facing-pedernales-basin <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Pedernales<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River runs 106 miles through the Hill Country before eventually joining the Colorado River at Lake Travis. Its catchment area—the land that drains into the river—touches 8 counties and covers more than 800,000 acres.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:08:44 +0000 Texas Water Symposium 29056 at http://tpr.org Challenges Facing The Pedernales Basin The Return Of Bracken Bats Is Good News For Texas Farmers http://tpr.org/post/return-bracken-bats-good-news-texas-farmers <p>After their winter trip south, Mexican free-tailed bats are returning to the Bracken Bat Cave in Central Texas in larger numbers, which is good news for South Texas agriculture.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats make their summer home at the Bracken Cave just north of San Antonio, and farmers in South Texas rely on them to swarm across their farmland and eat the insects that can destroy crops.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:51:32 +0000 Eileen Pace 28807 at http://tpr.org The Return Of Bracken Bats Is Good News For Texas Farmers City Leaders To Mark Progress Of Aquifer Protection Program http://tpr.org/post/city-leaders-mark-progress-aquifer-protection-program <p>With water on the minds of many, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is a citywide, long-standing effort to maintain sustainable water levels.</p><p>In April, the San Antonio city council will hear once again about the city's Aquifer Protection Program. It began around 2000, approved by voters to use 1/8th cent sales tax revenue to purchase land over the sensitive Recharge Zone in Bexar County.</p><p>In 2005 the program changed a little to include Medina and Uvalde Counties.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:15:46 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28190 at http://tpr.org City Leaders To Mark Progress Of Aquifer Protection Program Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties http://tpr.org/post/burn-ban-effect-75-texas-counties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the area expected&nbsp;to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer,&nbsp;Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:14:57 +0000 Eileen Pace 28096 at http://tpr.org Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties San Antonio City Leaders To Hear Recommendation On Plastic Bag Ban http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-city-leaders-hear-recommendation-plastic-bag-ban <p>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&nbsp;say it's only a matter of getting used to.</p><p>They carry on as if nothing ever changed.&nbsp;"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.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:22:17 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28053 at http://tpr.org San Antonio City Leaders To Hear Recommendation On Plastic Bag Ban The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future http://tpr.org/post/link-between-long-term-water-needs-and-san-antonios-economic-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">illustrates the link between long-term water needs and San Antonio’s economy.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:14:48 +0000 Eileen Pace 27547 at http://tpr.org The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future