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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 cleanup crews.

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, 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...

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Researchers: Texas not ready for next hurricane

Five years after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, causing more than $30 billion in damage and killing at least 37 Texans, cities across the region have trumpeted their rebuilding efforts.

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.

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