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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Stage 3 drought water use rules begin Sunday

With the Edwards Aquifer level dropping steadily, San Marcos ratchets up restrictions on sprinklers, swimming pools and car washing.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Brad Rollins’ Blog: Warlords massing troops for Simsboro water battle

For decades, Central Texas politicians, planners and privateers have peered into the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer and seen a vision of the region’s limitless potential for prosperity reflected in subterranean water. But so far a...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Volunteers playing pivotal role in Galveston Bay cleanup

AUDIO | Volunteers complained they were turned away from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup in 2010. Four years later, after another spill in Galveston Bay last month, volunteers have been helping officials determine where to send...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Galveston Bay oil spill leaves hundreds of birds oiled

Wildlife officials have reported hundreds of dead and dying birds covered in oil as cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of a fuel oil spill late last month in Galveston Bay.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

After years of wrangling, Hays County to officially open Jacob’s Well preserve

More than eight years after commissioners first appropriated $3 million in parks bond money to preserve a storied artesian spring near Woodcreek, Hays County will celebrate the grand opening of the Jacob’s Well Natural Area on Saturday,...

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Galveston oil spill excepted, Texas beaches getting cleaner

The tanker collision that sent up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday has stirred major concerns about environmental impacts. But even as tar balls wash ashore this week, Texas’ beaches are far...

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

New tool helps track spread of bat disease

Though bats in Texas appear untouched by a fungus that has decimated populations in the Northeast and Midwest, the disease is spreading west. Now, however, researchers have a powerful tool to track the spread of the disease.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Kickstarter campaign aims to publish San Marcos-inspired children’s book

Hap Mansfield is trying to raise funds through crowdsourcing to print a sequel to “The Dark Possum,” a book she describes as a “love letter to nature”

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

River, creek cleanup hauls in literally tons of trash

Hundreds of volunteers scattered across four counties removed tons of trash and debris from the San Marcos River and its tributaries during the Great Texas River Clean Up on March 1.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

TCEQ cuts off rice farmers, but Central Texas water supply worries persist

Most rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin won't get irrigation water deliveries from the Highland Lakes this year, but Central Texas cities still worry that drinking water supplies could be depleted.

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