Alfred Sierra, 75, and his wife Anita have lived on Old Goliad Road for three decades, but he said this week had been the busiest he has ever seen the rural Victoria County road.
PORT O’CONNOR — The sun was shining when Allan Berger and his wife, Brigid Berger, scanned the shorelines of Espiritu Santo Bay for deserted crab traps Monday morning.
Last week’s freezing temperatures caused fish kills along the entire Texas coast although mortalities were primarily reported in bay systems south of Galveston Bay.
Clean up began Tuesday for spill of a more than 16,000 gallons of red diesel leaked from an oil field frac tank into a Victoria County creek.
The winter weather that continues to wreak havoc on Texas’s power and water infrastructure has led to the largest cold-stunning event for sea turtles ever recorded in the United States.
Wildlife rescuers with Sea Turtle Inc. and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife recovered 1,957 cold-stunned green sea turtles Monday along the Texas coast, according to a preliminary report.
Several water line breaks caused by the winter storm in Victoria have left many without water, according to a city news release issued Tuesday.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the cities of Yorktown and Port Lavaca to issue a boil water notices Tuesday for all customers due to low distribution pressure.
State officials said Monday they expect lengthy power outages to last into Tuesday due to insufficient electrical grid supply as a result of the extreme weather.
Concern grew Monday at several agencies working to rescue and rehabilitate cold-stunned sea turtles along the Texas coast as freezing weather conditions restricted recovery efforts.
Saltwater fishing along parts of Texas’ coasts is not permitted starting midnight Monday through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
A longstanding survey of whooping cranes wintering in Texas has been canceled because of COVID-19 health concerns, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday.
After months of deliberation, the Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust announced Friday that nine coastal environmental projects from six entities were selected to receive a total of $3.2 million in funding from the trust.
POINT COMFORT — The water running through the faucets in Kayla Hall’s home on San Jacinto Street stains almost everything it touches.
Lawmakers filed dozens of bills ahead of the 87th Texas Legislature that could impact the state’s environment, including two that seek to create additional controls for methane emissions from oil and gas production.
Texas Game Wardens in Calhoun and Aransas counties opened more than 70 criminal cases during a four-day operation targeting illegal commercial oyster harvesting.
Once Dec. 25 has come and gone, live Christmas trees can be made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost or used to reinforce sand dunes on the Texas Coast.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved fines totaling $11,125 for Thomas Watson Company Wednesday, nearly a year after the concrete batch plant was found in violation of permitting and particle pollution requirements.
Greenhouse gas emissions from major facilities fell slightly last year, as competition from renewables and natural gas continued to fuel coal’s decline.
The impending closure of the Coleto Creek Power Plant, which will shut down by 2027, is expected to deal a blow to Goliad County’s economy. But officials are working to entice two solar plants to the county to soften the impact.
EDNA — Jackson County could be home to a processing plant Max Midstream Texas plans to build as part of a large oil exportation project underway in the region, the company’s CEO told county commissioners Tuesday.
Milton Mache, 74, recently ventured into the Lavaca River bottom to retrieve a 100-foot fence wire that had created a dam of driftwood and trash, interrupting water flow and endangering wildlife.
Crisp air blew on Saturday at Warwas Farms in Nordheim as three young, first-time deer hunters studied three dove decoys perched in a tree.
Two years after a new conservation plan to improve water quality along the Lower San Antonio River was adopted, results are mixed.
The San Antonio River Authority is hosting an online meeting Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts to keep the Lower San Antonio River clean.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens received winches from the Victoria 100 Club on Friday, according to a news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Republican State Rep. Todd Hunter plans to introduce a nurdle bill during the upcoming legislative session that would enhance regulation of plastic pellets and enforcement in an effort to prevent microplastics from polluting Texas waters.
Calhoun County residents who won a $50 million settlement in a lawsuit against Formosa Plastics have been working with the corporation on clean up efforts for waterways around its Point Comfort facility.
EDNA — Stroll around to the back of Geary Hare’s home, past the clinking wind chimes and pots of banana peppers, and you’ll encounter lush rows of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbages growing skyward.
Formosa Plastics is suing ACE American Insurance for its refusal to cover the petrochemical manufacturer’s historic $50-million settlement with the San Antonio Bay Waterkeeper and environmental activist Diane Wilson.
POINT COMFORT — The Calhoun County Navigation Industrial Development Authority approved issuing millions in revenue bonds to Max Midstream Texas at a meeting on Wednesday.
The Lavaca Bay Foundation is looking for volunteers to help sweep the fishing area along Point Comfort side of the Lavaca Bay Causeway for trash on Saturday.
GOLIAD — Dozens of cars with kayaks and canoes strapped to the top pulled into a sunlight-dappled clearing hidden underneath the U.S. 59 bridge over the San Antonio River on Saturday morning.
The Texas Water Development Board approved a $6 million loan on Thursday for the Port O’Connor Improvement District to expand its use of local groundwater.
The Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust is inviting governmental and nonprofit organizations to apply for funding for environmental mitigation projects, studies and initiatives in the Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay ecosystems.
The National Weather Service issued coastal flood watches and warnings for the Middle Texas Coast on Wednesday, ahead of Hurricane Delta’s arrival on the Gulf Coast.
If you’ve driven through South Texas in recent weeks, you probably found remnants of American snout butterflies covering your vehicle’s windshield and grill.
Hurricane Delta strengthened rapidly into a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday, and is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday.
MCFADDIN — Gerald Schilhab sat on a pier along the San Antonio River Thursday about a quarter mile downstream from land that he leases to fish and camp.
Seventy-three volunteers who participated in the San Antonio Bay Partnership’s bay cleanup managed to rid 4.6 tons of trash from 19 miles of shoreline in half a day, according to a recap report from the organization.
More than 1.4 million plastic pellets have been collected in U.S. waterways since the citizen-led Nurdle Patrol project started in 2018.
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