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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

Climate Campaign Puts UT on Notice: Reduce Methane Emissions at Your West Texas Oil Fields

AUSTIN - At various UT System campuses today, Environment Texas called on University of Texas administrators to reduce the climate-damaging methane emissions occurring at oil and gas facilities on land managed by the UT System.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Senate Approves Aid for Communities Facing Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water

AUSTIN – This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to authorize funding to address drinking water contaminated with lead in Flint and other communities across the country.  The safe drinking water funding provisions were included in S. 2848, a bill to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger issued this statement:  

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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas elected officials, industry leaders, and environmental organizations encourage Congress to invest in water infrastructure

AUSTIN –A group of bipartisan state legislators, business leaders and conservation and civic organizations wrote the Texas congressional delegation today urging them to invest in water infrastructure and address the growing problems with lead contaminated water.

The Senate version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill includes $4.8 billion in funding to address clean drinking water, removal of lead pipes and stormwater management, including a $220 million aid package to address the Flint, Michigan crisis, but the House version does not. The group is calling on Congress to make sure this additional $4.8 billion is included in the final package of the bill.

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Blog Post

National Park Service Centennial and Conservation Opportunities Ahead | Luke Metzger

Next Thursday, August 25, marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service. As we celebrate, we need to make sure our parks are even more vibrant and protected 100 years from now. What author Wallace Stegner called “America’s best idea,” was simple, but unprecedented anywhere in the world: treasured landscapes should be preserved and protected from private interests for all the public to enjoy, in the form of national parks.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas solar capacity grew 62% in 2015

AUSTIN – Texas installed 207 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity in 2015 - a 62% increase – and ranked 10th in the nation for cumulative solar installed, according to a new report released by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club. Electric grid operator ERCOT projects Texas will add as much as 27,200 MW of solar in the next fifteen years, but the groups said anti-solar policies and efforts to prop up failing coal-fired power plants could jeopardize this growth.

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