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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.

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Report: Conservation Could Save 500 Billion Gallons of Water per Year, Helping Rivers and Whooping Cranes

AUSTIN - Strategies to conserve water in agriculture, landscaping and energy production could save 500 billion gallons of water per year in 2020, according to a new Environment Texas Research and Policy Center report. The report comes a week after a federal judge ordered the state of Texas to keep more water in the Guadalupe River to support endangered whooping cranes and as the Legislature considers funding a fifty year water plan.

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Keeping Water in Our Rivers

Water levels in Texas’ rivers and streams are dropping. The 2011 drought was the worst in more than a century, and conditions improved little in 2012. Drought has reduced recreational opportunities, harmed wildlife, and threatened drinking water supplies. As Texas’ population and economy continue to grow, demand for water will increase, making it more important than ever to use water wisely.

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Homeowner's cactuses, jagged stones run afoul of Dallas officials

Recent drought years have led Dallas to try to change its ways on water. City advertisements now target waste. An annual city-sponsored home tour promotes water-wise landscaping.

On Tuesday, a report by the Austin-based advocate group Environment Texas called drought-tolerant landscaping one of the best and cheapest options for saving water.

By 2020, the report said, replacing water-sucking traditional lawns native to wetter regions with drought-adapted species could save 14 billion gallons a year, enough to meet the demands of 240,000 Texans.

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Report: 500B gallons of water could be saved in Texas

Texans could save 500 billion gallons of water by 2020 if strategies to conserve water in agriculture, landscaping and energy production are implemented, according to a new report released by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

The report recommends water savings by improving irrigation practices in agriculture, increasing use of drought-tolerant landscaping, requiring use of brackish or recycled water in fracking, repairing leaking municipal water mains, and increasing use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The report also claims to calculate the amount of water implementing those strategies would require.

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Advocates are pushing water conservation

They've taken their pleas to policymakers in the Texas Capitol, and now advocates of water conservation are seeking broad public support for measures to make smarter use of the fluid.

The Environment Texas Research and Policy Center said the savings could stem from improving irrigation practices, repairing leaky municipal water systems, using drought-resistant plants, requiring the use of brackish or recycled water in fracking, and other steps.

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