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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

News Release | Environment Texas

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Can Improve Houston’s Water Quality

HOUSTON – Environment Texas released a new report today that describes how Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) can be used to make a significant reduction in both runoff pollution and flood severity in Houston. The advocacy group is partnering with The Galveston Bay Foundation to urge the City Council to develop a comprehensive GSI plan for Houston.

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News Release | Environment Texas

CodeNext Can Be Used To Reduce Austin Flooding

AUSTIN – Environment Texas released a new report today that describes how Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) can be used to make a significant reduction in both flood severity & water pollution in Austin. The advocacy group is calling on the City Council to develop a comprehensive Green Stormwater Infrastructure plan. As part of that plan, GSI provisions should be included in CodeNEXT, the current revision of the city’s Land Development Code.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Catching the Rain

Flooding has brought significant damage to Texas in recent years. Unfortunately, continued development across the state, along with the growing threat of climate change, suggests that the challenge posed by flooding is unlikely to decrease. However, we can adapt to it. Historically, as forests, prairies and wetlands were replaced with development, people built “gray” infrastructure – sewage pipes, drainage tunnels and water treatment plants – to take over the job of water management.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Brazilian energy company Petrobras faces clean air lawsuit for violations at Pasadena, Texas refinery

HOUSTON – Environment Texas and Sierra Club announced today that they intend to sue Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI) in federal court for violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its Pasadena, Texas, refinery, which is located just east of Houston. The environmental groups’ December 22 “notice of intent to sue” alleges thousands of violations of numerous hourly and annual limits on emissions of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and other air pollutants over the previous five years.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Scott Pruitt is the Wrong Choice for EPA

According to press reports, President-elect Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.  Environment Texas Director, Luke Metzger, issued the following statement in response:

“We need an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator who protects our environmental laws, is guided by science when crafting and implementing policy, puts public health ahead of dirty energy special interests, and has the qualifications necessary to safeguard the American public from climate change. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt meets none of those criteria.

Scott Pruitt is a main party to several lawsuits against the very agency he would be in charge of.  He denies the science of climate change and he has numerous close ties to polluters.  Americans need an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts.”

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