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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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Groups: Bad Prop. 6 Spending Could Harm Galveston Bay

"Last week, Texas overwhelmingly supported Proposition 6, a historic investment in cutting water waste and conserving water," said Dani Neuharth-Keusch, field associate with Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

"Now it's up to the water board to invest the money in a way that restores our rivers and bays while sustainably meeting communities' water needs."

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces $8.8 million for Gulf restoration projects in Texas

"These grants are welcome news for our treasured, but ailing, Gulf coast," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "Our Gulf coast not only provides our families with places to swim and play in the sun, it is also a home for whooping cranes and sea turtles, oysters and crabs, snapper and trout.”

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News Release | City of San Antonio

Councilman Cris Medina Files Environmental Policy Proposal

San Antonio  – Today District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina filed a Council Consideration Request (CCR) that will update three aspects of the City of San Antonio's environmental policies. The proposal will ban single-use bags, order a cost-benefit analysis of going paperless for all City Council meetings, and update the Unified Development Code (UDC) to reflect the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Report highlights five Texas rivers threatened by water supply projects

DALLAS – As local and state water officials start planning how to spend a new multi-billion dollar water infrastructure fund approved by voters last week, a new report highlights projects in the 2012 State Water Plan which could further harm Texas rivers. Environment Texas Research and Policy Center used the report to call on water officials to maximize the investment in water conservation and avoid water projects that could significantly damage aquatic ecosystems.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Down to the Last Drop

Excessive water withdrawals threaten many of Texas’ most important and beloved rivers. Rivers are a central element of our natural heritage, but wasteful water use is harming wildlife, economically important estuaries, and the basic well-being of our communities. Major water users waste billions of gallons each year, even though we have the technology and know-how to use water more efficiently. Unfortunately, the state’s proposed plan for satisfying future water demand favors increased water withdrawals that will further harm our rivers.

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