Environmental (environment)

New partnership helps preserve natural area

Wed, Aug 26, 2015 - 11:36pm

By Kristen Taketa

Lining the southern shore of Lewisville Lake is a 2,000-acre chunk of what ecologists call the “real” Texas.

Not the Texas of Whataburgers or frozen margaritas on the patio, but the Texas of prairie grasses and songbirds that used to dominate the land before waves of pioneers and farmers moved west.

“This is a kind of preserving of Texas heritage,” said restoration ecologist Ken Steigman.

There was a time when the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, called LLELA, could only pay three staffers to safeguard these 2,000 acres of prairie and forest and open it for three days a...

LLELA Nature Preserve expands operation

By Heather Goodwin

The city of Lewisville, University of North Texas and Lewisville ISD are entering into an agreement to jointly manage Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

The city assumed operation of the main gate Monday. Public access to LLELA Nature Preserve is now available seven days a week, and the entrance fee has changed from $5 a person to $5 a vehicle. There will be an annual pass available for $60. It will be good for a calendar year, as the city does in all its parks. Current LLELA Nature Preserve annual pass holders can use the pass they already purchased until it expires.

Under the...

First positive West Nile sample found in Denton

Thu, Jul 30, 2015 - 8:00am

A mosquito sample has come up positive for the West Nile virus, the first this year within the Denton city limits.

City officials confirmed that a trap collected on July 22 near Highland Park Road and University of North Texas athletic facilities has tested positive. The finding increases slightly the risk of a person contracting the disease.

A team will continue to set traps and sample for the virus in the coming weeks, according to city officials.

Any positive findings are mapped on the city’s website, www.cityofdenton.com. Crews also will increase their application of larvacide in certain areas of the city...

Denton Gears Up For Bigger Fight Over Fracking

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 - 1:03pm

Denton, Texas is the site of an ongoing battle between its residents and the oil and gas companies that want to drill within its city limits. As one of the most fracked cities in America, Denton stands not only as the birthplace of a practice that exploded 20 years ago, but now is its new frontier. Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground to free gas trapped in shale rock, but studies have linked it to health, environmental, and water risks.



When the town approved a straight ban on fracking last year, the oil and gas industry responded with lawsuits...

City leaders keeping their options open

Thu, Jul 2, 2015 - 1:18pm

City leaders are exploring more options for a new electrical substation near the University of North Texas, according to Denton council member Kathleen Wazny.

The council took up the matter in closed session this week.

“I know people are hungry for information,” Wazny said. “There are still several options on the table.”

Although there is some open land in the neighborhood, the project, as originally announced, threatens the homes of 13 families.

Denton Municipal Electric officials told the Hillside Addition neighborhood early this year they had no viable options. The houses between Peak, Collins,...