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Friday, September 25th, 2015

Letter: Removing Cape’s Dam ‘a risky gamble’

ALFRED L. McALISTER, a UT School of Public Health professor, writes that ‘prompt action is needed to prevent injury in the highly dangerous water around the breaches in Capes Dam’

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Letter: No one is ‘omniscient’ about best option for Cape’s Dam

In a rebuttal to commentary we published last week, University of Texas biology professor MOLLY CUMMINGS writes that the San Marcos City Council should “take advantage of the wealth of local scientists that have different perspectives on...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Commentary: Don’t let professor’s sloppy work obscure the facts about Cape’s Dam removal

THOMAS HARDY, the Meadow Center’s chief science officer, says there is ‘no credible scientific evidence’ that removing Cape’s Dam will harm wildlife in the San Marcos River as a University of Texas biology professor dramatically asserted this...

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Letter: Destroying Cape’s Dam = Destroying critical habitat

MOLLY CUMMINGS, an University of Texas biology professor, writes that the San Marcos City Council should not rely on a Texas State University biology professor’s findings that removing historic Cape’s Dam will not harm the San Marcos...

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Blanco River Regional Recovery Team to begin assessing flood survivors’ unmet needs

World Renew, a Christian nonprofit organization that has assisted disaster response and rehabilitation efforts around the world, will open field offices in Hays and Blanco counties to assess flood survivors’ unmet needs on behalf of the Blanco...

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

New law won’t necessarily stop Electro Purification drilling

A bill that passed late in the legislative session gave some residents and officials hope that they can kill a controversial water-pumping project in western Hays County. But there's no guarantee that Houston-based Electro Purification won't ultimately...

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Redrawing battle lines, Buda signs water deal with Kyle, San Marcos

Mere months away from projected water shortages, the Buda City Council approved an agreement this week to buy 1,120 acre-feet a year — one million gallons a day — of surplus water from the cities of Kyle...

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Video: Blanco River volume, velocity during Memorial Day weekend flood rivaled Mississippi River at St. Louis

Even before it reached San Marcos, the Blanco River was flowing at 180,000 cubic feet per second — the average volume and velocity of the Mississippi River at St. Louis, a hydrologist told the San Marcos...

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

State to extend no-interest loans to veterans rebuilding from Blanco flood

Military veterans whose homes were damaged by the Memorial Day weekend flood and other natural disasters this summer will be eligible to apply for no-interest home improvement loans under a relief program being developed by the Texas...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Future of Cape’s Dam, Thompson’s Islands on San Marcos council agenda

Wading into a battle that has divided the San Marcos River’s most passionate defenders, the San Marcos City Council is scheduled to begin deliberation tonight on whether to dismantle Cape’s Dam.

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