Author Archives: Meghan Juedeman

RI Offshore Wind Project Underway

On Monday, July 27, Deepwater Wind took the first steps toward building North America’s first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind will install the first five offshore North American turbines over the next year off the coast of Rhode Island. This … Continue reading

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USGS Study: Water Use in Fracking

Our city of Austin has seen a much wetter summer than many of us expected. That being said, drought and water use continue to be major issues across the country. The USGS recently released a study on water use in … Continue reading

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The Vortex: A New Take on Wind Turbines

Find the idea of wind energy appealing? I certainly do. How about the idea of wind energy without the massive blades that currently allow a wind turbine to collect that energy? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel … Continue reading

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TCEQ Trade Fair and Conference: Wrap-Up

        This week marked the annual TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference, held here in our own Austin, Texas. Conference attendees worked toward renewed certifications and learned about specifics of the environmental industry. Although many of the … Continue reading

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EnviroMentor program helps Boy Scout ranch meet regulations

Thanks to the TCEQ EnviroMentor program, Central Texas Boy Scouts will soon be able to safely hydrate using water from a water well on site. Government regulations have a reputation for being difficult to understand and comply with. Luckily, the … Continue reading

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Interactive Population Map Tool: USA

At Banks Environmental Data, we have an appreciation for seeing data clearly and effectively presented in map form. We recently came across this really neat interactive population and demographics mapping tool for the United States, and thought it was worth … Continue reading

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Orphan Sites: Why they exist and how we address them

No, we’re not talking about Orphan Annie here! If you have ever worked on an environmental site assessment (ESA), you may be familiar with the term “orphan site,” or may know it as an “unmapped site.” An orphan site is … Continue reading

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Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail: Austin, TX

On June 7, 2014, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and The Trail Foundation unveiled a new section of the Lady Bird Lake (commonly known as Town Lake) trail. The trail is widely used by city residents and … Continue reading

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