Category Archives: Conservation

Native wildflowers smothered in yellow

There’s a pretty plant blooming all over Austin, but don’t be fooled by its good looks. Underneath its veil of yellow flowers is a killer. An invasive plant called Rapistrum rugosum (aka bastard cabbage, turnip weed or Mediterranean mustard) has taken … Continue reading


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Rains relieve drought in Southeast Austin

A wet winter has brought an end to the drought in southern Travis County, including the Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker neighborhoods. According to an update to the U.S. Drought Monitor this week, our area is now classified as abnormally dry, four drought stages better … Continue reading

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Austin’s native landscapes in the New York Times

Austin’s record heat and drought are making the news, and so are the restored prairies and native landscaping that are holding up in these harsh conditions. Read about the people, the plants and the techniques at the Lady Bird Johnson … Continue reading

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Get the most out of your water

Starting Sept. 6, Austin will enter Stage 2 Mandatory Watering Restrictions in an attempt to ensure that enough water is available during the ongoing drought. City Manger Marc Ott made the move last week because of low combined storage levels … Continue reading

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