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Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Putting down roots: Spring Lake Garden Club to host Arbor Day tree planting

Spring Lake Garden Club will sponsor an Arbor Day tree planting at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 near the pavilion at Ramon Lucio Park, 601 S. CM Allen Parkway.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Lamar Smith’s climate change views win ‘Flat Earth’ award

Christmas elves, pirates and scientists gathered Monday to present climate change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, with a fake award from the “Flat Earth Foundation of Texas.”

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Vista Ridge parent company slides toward bankruptcy

The financially troubled Spanish company whose subsidiary is under contract with the city of San Antonio to build a massive water pipeline entered into the initial phases of bankruptcy proceedings Wednesday, raising questions about the viability of...

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

San Antonio council hikes water rates in anticipation of Vista Ridge pipeline

The San Antonio City Council on Wednesday unanimously — albeit cautiously — approved plans for a sizable water rate increase that will pay, in part, for a controversial, $3.4 billion water pipeline.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

San Antonio water utility leader defends Vista Ridge pipeline

The ousted author of a study that describes a controversial San Antonio water supply project as “high risk” squared off with the head of the city’s water utility Wednesday.

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...

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Behold: More stunning Texas Hill Country photos that resist description

The Hill Country Alliance’s annual photo contest attempts to bridge the disconnect between abstract ideals of environmental conservation and the very real consequences of failing to achieve those goals.

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