The Hill Country is known for its clear-flowing streams, cedar-choked hills, fields of bluebonnets and, increasingly, tourism centered around vineyards, B&Bs and antique shopping. But the booming I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio is putting the region’s natural treasures and rural character at risk. A new report by University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture looks at some of the threats to the Hill Country, and proposes long-term solutions.
Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering the environment, energy and climate change at Grist. She previously covered environmental issues at the Texas Observer, InsideClimate News and ProPublica. At ProPublica, she was part of a team that reported on the water woes of the West, a project that was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University and was a 2017 Ida B. Wells fellow at Type Investigations. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her work on Twitter.