Category Archives: Environmental News

Global forces like China’s “Green Fence” will affect Victoria’s recycling program

Darrell Lesak with the City’s Environmental Services Department discusses some of the global forces that will affect our recycling program, and how citizens can help improve the quality of our recycled goods.

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National Weather Service needs weather observer volunteers in Victoria

John Metz, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, and Rick McBrayer from the Victoria Office of Emergency Management, discuss how important volunteers are in recording local amounts of rainfall, hail and occasionally snow. You too, … Continue reading

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Keeping our recyclable goods clean: what you can and cannot put in your recycle cart.

The City needs your help to keep our recyclable goods clean. Darryl Lesak, Environmental Services Director, explains what can and cannot be put in your recyclable cart.

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Work underway to close a cell at the landfill.

With work underway to close a cell at the Victoria Regional Landfill, how important is the landfill to Victoria’s future? Darryl Lesak answers this question.

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How to help the City maintain the high quality of recyclables.

For the City’s recycling program to stay successful, we need citizens to recycle high quality recyclables. Darryl Lesak from Environmental Services discusses how Victorians can help the City maintain the high quality of our recycled goods.

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How to get your big brush cuttings picked up promptly.

Have you trimmed those big trees in your yard? Or are you hiring a tree-trimming company to trim those trees for you? Darryl Lesak discusses how to get your large brush cuttings picked up quickly.

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An overview of the 2025 Comprehensive Plan.

Jared Mayfield from Development Services explains the 2025 Comprehensive Plan as the department prepares for updating the plan in 2015.

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City enters Stage III water restrictions, here are the details.

Lack of rainfall on the water shed resulted in the Guadalupe River falling below normal flow levels. On September 1, 2013 Victoria entered Stage 3 water restrictions. Here is a rundown of those restrictions.

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How the City’s stormwater plan protects the Guadalupe River from pollution.

Jim Cantrell explains how the City’s stormwater protection plan protects the Guadalupe River from polution.

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Groundwater Exchange Program begins in Victoria.

Lynn Short, Public Works Director, explains the Groundwater Exchange Program. This programs allows the City to maintain its high water quality during these dry conditions by exchanging well water for river water from the Guadalupe River.

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Ozone season is here; what to do if an Ozone Action Day is declared.

Kate Garcia from Environmental Services discusses the Ozone Season, how you can keep it from getting worse and what to do during an Ozone Action Day.

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City moves into Stage II water restrictions.

Lynn Short from the Public Works Department explains the river conditions that have put Victoria in Stage II water restrictions and he has some simple tips to conserve water.

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Victoria water supply is prepared for the ongoing drought.

Jerry James, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, talks about Victoria’s water resources and explains why Victoria is well prepared for the ongoing drought.

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Changes to the “Limb Pick-up” Ordinance

Get your tree limbs picked up faster now by following a few simple steps. Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak tells us how.

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Victoria’s First Railroad Quiet Zone

Victoria’s first railroad “quiet zone” will debut in 2013. This podcast talks about the City’s first quiet zone and explains why it is not possible to create quiet zones in all of Victoria.

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Recycling program for businesses now underway in Victoria!

Victoria businesses can now recycle through a new service from Waste Management. Listen to this podcast for more info.

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Tips for the Ozone Action Season.

Marie Lester from the Environmental Services Department will discuss this year’s Ozone Action Season and what we can do to prevent ozone from increasing in Victoria.

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Curbside recyling update – the first two weeks results!

Victoria residents are doing a great job of using the new curbside recycling program!

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New curbside recycling program kicks off in February 2012.

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Household Hazardous Waste Pickup at Your Home (Nov. 1, 2011).

Almost every household in Victoria has hazardous waste that we do not want in the landfill. Listen to this podcast about the new program that started November 1 that will pickup that waste at your doorstep.

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