Category Archives: TX

How to Help the Texas Coast Using GIS

Millions of people have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and many more are looking for some way to help. Information is needed on the effects of the damage so that officials can move forward with coordinating recovery efforts. Organizations such as GISCorps, … Continue reading

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Wind energy competes for the spotlight

Happy 2016! For those of us in the environmental industry, 2016 has already been a year full of headlines. Some of the more positive headlines however, happened just before the end of 2015. In late December, Texas set a new … Continue reading

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What is a Texas Municipal Settings Designation (MSD)?

A Municipal Settings Designation, or MSD, is a voluntary regulation that prevents contaminated groundwater from being used beneath a specific property. This means that a property owner can voluntarily request a city ordinance to prohibit future use of the groundwater … 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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Dillo Dirt™ at Hornsby Bend

One of my favorite school field trips was to the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant in Austin, Texas. I found the processes of turning sludge and wastewater into useful products fascinating. For instance: Dillo Dirt™. Dillo Dirt™ is a unique … Continue reading

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Texas House Bill 40 would ban local fracking bans

The Texas Legislature introduced House Bill 40 this week. The House Committee on Energy Resources voted 10-1 to approve the legislation for consideration by the full House. HB40 is among a number of bills filed after Denton residents voted a … 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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Managing lake levels in Texas

Central Texas has been enduring a drought for many years. However, according to the Texas Water Development Board, drought conditions are the best they have been since November 2010. Which is good news: with the rapidly growing population of the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Texas Drought

With all the rain coming down the last few months, it’s an appropriate time to explore our water system. Anyone living in the central Texas region is aware of the Edwards Aquifer. Maybe you have seen “Recharge Zone” signs while … Continue reading

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Debate heating up over Denton ban on fracking

Last week residents of Denton, Texas voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city limits. This decision drew national attention and seemed to produce equal amounts of enthusiasm and unrest. The next day, officials at the Texas General … Continue reading

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Possible foreshadowing in Texas Supreme Court Ruling

In March, we presented a story that involved arguments at the Texas State Supreme Court regarding underground trespassing. While a decision is still pending in that case, the court’s recent ruling on a similar argument may provide insight on future … Continue reading

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Wichita Falls begins drinking treated wastewater

Wichita Falls, TX has begun using treated wastewater to supply its 150,000 residents with a reliable drinking supply, and to date is only the second city in the state to do so. The River Road Waste Treatment Plant began using … Continue reading

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Most comprehensive groundwater depth map in Texas

Summer is finally here and the longest drought in Texas history is still with us, highlighting our need for some good news about water. In true Environmental Prose style, we thought it would be exciting to open up our database … Continue reading

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Galveston oil spill threatens wildlife

On Saturday, March 24, 2014, two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel spilling approximately 168,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil into Galveston Bay. The Houston Ship Channel was closed for three days as cleanup efforts began by the US … Continue reading

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Update: Texas drought conditions and Proposition 6

  The splash of recent rains in the Central Texas area was a welcome respite, but did it have any impact on the enduring drought? In a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman, Bob Rose, meteorologist with the LCRA had … Continue reading

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