In search of a flood fix, one Houston community turned to a golf course

HOUSTON — In 50 years living in Clear Lake City, Spyros Varsos had never seen the floodwater get so high. During a historic rainstorm two years ago, he watched anxiously…

Trump’s top environmental pick says she has "many questions" about climate change

Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump’s pick to serve as his top White House environmental official, told the Senate Wednesday that she had doubts about the link between human activity and climate change. “I’m…

Buda voters to decide whether to reintroduce fluoride to tap water

Buda voters on Tuesday will decide whether the Central Texas city should again add fluoride to its water supply. The widespread and decades-old practice of fluoridation — roughly two-thirds of Americans live in communities…

TCEQ toxicologist, who has questioned ozone risks, appointed to EPA advisory board

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it had appointed Michael Honeycutt, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s chief toxicologist, as chairman of the federal agency’s Science Advisory Board. “I…

Environmentalists worry industry could thwart cleanup of toxic Houston-area dump site

Earlier this month, environmentalists celebrated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a final plan to clean up a long-festering pit of toxic sludge along the San Jacinto River east of…

UT/TT Poll: Most Texans happy with government response to Hurricane Harvey

For Hurricane Harvey recovery, Texans want federal, state and local officials to focus on debris cleanup and disposal, housing, public health and environmental contamination, according to the latest University of…

Hurricane Harvey sparks renewed push for underground water storage projects

For state Rep. Lyle Larson, Hurricane Harvey was not only a tragedy but also a wasted opportunity. The San Antonio Republican, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, estimates that…

What does Trump's repeal of environmental rules mean for Texas?

Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the agency will seek to repeal the Clean Power Plan — President Barack Obama’s signature effort to combat climate…

State says Harvey's death toll has reached 88

Hurricane Harvey has directly or indirectly taken the lives of as least 88 Texans, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Department of State Health Services. The majority of deaths –…

Houston homeowners' properties casualties of post-Harvey dam releases (video)

Thousands of Houston homeowners saw their homes on the west side of town flood when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a gush of water from Addicks and Barker…

Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs. But no one warned buyers.

Building in the reservoirs led to thousands of flooded homes, increased the risk for surrounding areas and threatened their earthen dams. Source: Texas Tribune Energy

In wake of major floods, Texas water agency drafting statewide flood plan

For 60 years, the Texas Water Development Board has been the keeper of a master list of projects that are supposed to meet the state’s water needs for the next…

Livestream: Abbott, Turner hold news conference on Harvey relief

After a week of trading jabs in the media on funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, Gov. Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will address the media together from…

EPA: Hurricane Harvey compromised caps on toxic waste site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that rains from Hurricane Harvey damaged a temporary protective cap on a pit of toxic sludge along the San Jacinto River east of…

Can flooded-out Houstonians win lawsuits against Army Corps?

HOUSTON — Late last month in a well-off neighborhood on the west side of town, the sun finally pierced through bloated rain clouds. The core of Hurricane Harvey — now…

Can a web tool help coastal Texans assess their flood risk? A professor thinks so.

When Sam Brody and his wife were shopping for a new home in Houston six months ago, they had very different priorities. Brody, a researcher who analyzes ways to minimize…

Houston mayor hits on highs and lows of Hurricane Harvey recovery (video)

In a wide-ranging interview with The Texas Tribune about Houston’s ongoing relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner defended his proposed property tax hike, asked Gov. Greg Abbott to…

City, state officials spar over funding Harvey recovery efforts at Houston meeting

HOUSTON — With mountains of debris sitting in front yards and tens of thousands of southeast Texans still in the early stages of re-establishing their lives after Hurricane Harvey’s destructive…

Report: Sand miners disturbing threatened West Texas lizard's habitat

Sand mining operations in oil-rich West Texas have disturbed at least 292 acres of a threatened lizard’s habitat this year — and could impact up to 23,000 acres, according to…

Recap: Trump, Hurricane Harvey and other key topics of #TribFest17

The 2017 Texas Tribune Festival kicked off Friday with a conversation between Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith and U.S. Sen. Al Franken and concluded Sunday with Sens. Ted Cruz and…