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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Abbott opinion murky on plastic bag bans

Plastic bag bans in Texas cities such as Austin and Laredo may be legally sound, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott's office handed down on Friday afternoon — that is, as long as they didn't ban bags for the purposes of “solid waste management.”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Mishap spills 15,000 gallons of raw sewage into the river

An estimated 15,000 gallons of raw sewage poured into the San Marcos River yesterday morning after construction workers broke a 20-inch-diameter wastewater main near Thompson’s Islands.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Texas buys coastal ranch with oil spill money

WITH PHOTO GALLERY | Amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of money that became available in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, state officials announced the largest conservation...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

International group to gather under Dripping Springs’ ‘dark sky’

The first city in Texas designated as an official “Dark Sky Community” will play host on Friday, Aug. 15 to the International Dark-Sky Association’s annual conference.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

TxDOT foresees ‘negligible’ aquifer impacts from SH 45 SW

More than 600 people crowded into a south Austin high school cafeteria last week to weigh-in on a draft environmental report on Texas 45 Southwest, a controversial toll road that would connect the southern terminus of MoPac...

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Beekeeping takes flight in Central Texas

Apiarists like Ewing and Sabra Brown hope to turn honey and beeswax into a source of retirement income.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

State casts doubt on San Antonio’s ‘bed and banks’ wastewater reuse plan

Several months after San Antonio Water System's bold move to secure ownership of its treated sewer water even after it gets released back into a public waterway, state regulators are saying they doubt that’s possible.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Community invited to help create Children’s Park mural

The city’s Parks & Recreation department is calling for volunteers to work 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14 on a mural being painted at Children’s Park on the San Marcos River.

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Austin strikes deal for Texas’ largest solar farm

Recurrent Energy has signed a 20-year deal with Austin Energy to build a 150-megawatt solar farm in West Texas that would help power Austin. Expected to be completed in 2016, the facility would be the largest single...

Monday, May 5th, 2014

City Hall hopes incentive program encourages rainwater collection

Under a new program administered by the Public Works department, the city of San Marcos is offering rebates of up to $5,000 for homeowners who install rainwater harvesting systems. Owners of commercial and institutional properties — including...

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