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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.

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...

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Galveston Bay spill will take economic, ecological toll (with video)

With no end in sight to containing a spill that may have dumped 150,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday, the hit to Texas’ economy and environment is already huge — and sure to...

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.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

San Antonio seeks ‘bed and banks’ ownership of wastewater discharge

Purified wastewater discharged into the San Antonio River eventually ends up is San Antonio Bay. PHOTO by CLINT ROBERTSON by NEENA SATIJA A bid by San Antonio’s water utility to declare ownership of the sewage it treats...

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Video: Lack of freshwater threatens Matagorda Bay

Fishing and tourism in Matagorda Bay depend in large part on freshwater supplied by the Colorado River. But the drought has all but cut off those flows. The Lower Colorado River Authority says that's not likely to...

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Advocates threaten legal action over Matagorda Bay’s future

More than 100 environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met Wednesday to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay, a major destination for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing that has suffered greatly in recent years...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

As Austin’s lakes dwindle, gulf coast may also suffer

As the Highland Lakes that supply Austin's water continue to dwindle, the Lower Colorado River Authority may take the unprecedented step of cutting off freshwater flows it normally releases from the lakes into Matagorda Bay.

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Texas State excavates centuries-old Gulf of Mexico shipwreck (with video)

Researchers from The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, in partnership with the Ocean Exploration Trust, are excavating a rare shipwreck off the Texas coast that could date back nearly 200 years.

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