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 Research and Policy Center

New website evaluates environmental impact of projects in State Water Plan

AUSTIN – Environment Texas Research and Policy Center launched a new website today designed to help educate Texans about the environmental impacts of projects in the State Water Plan. The interactive website – www.OurTexasWater.org - allows Texans to view a map of the state and learn about highlighted projects in their community. The new website comes as the Texas Water Development Board considers the first round of applications for funding from the new water infrastructure fund approved by voters in November 2013. 

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Clean Power Plan: Pain or gain for Texas?

Years ago, many people thought of global warming as something that would happen "someday." As it turns out, "someday" has come. Since 2000, we've experienced 14 of the 15 warmest years on record - including 2014, the hottest year ever recorded. Nearly 800 communities in Texas still have mandatory water restrictions in place five years in to a punishing drought, which scientists have said is due in part to climate change.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Polluting Politics

Year after year, polls show that more Americans are concerned with the pollution and quality of our waterways more than any other environmental issue. And after toxins in Lake Erie left 400,000 Toledo, OH residents unable to drink the water coming out of their taps last August, the need to protect our waterways is clear and present.

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas’ Biggest Polluters Spending Millions to Pollute Politics

AUSTIN – BASF Corporation spent $2.8 million on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Texas. The enormous spending came after their Freeport, Texas facility dumped 2.1 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Texas’ waterways in 2012. 

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EPA to hold hearing in Arlington on smog pollution | Luke Metzger

Cleaning up the air in Texas is a priority for Environment Texas, whose thousands of members and activists are threatened by ozone pollution. It’s also important to me personally as a dad. My son, Gus, will turn 9 this year, and as a dad, I want to do everything I can to make sure he’s able to play outside without harming his health. Unfortunately, two of our biggest cities - Houston and Dallas - rank in the top 10 worst cities in the country for ozone. 21 of our 30 biggest counties got Fs in the American Lung Association’s State of The Air report. And my hometown of Austin routinely experiences levels of smog pollution that the current scientific consensus concludes is dangerous to the health of my son Gus and millions of other Texans.

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