PROTECT OUR TEXAS RIVERS AND BAYS – ACT NOW!!
and wildlife throughout Texas and along the Texas
coast depend upon flowing water in our rivers and
freshwater inflows into our bays and estuaries -- and we Texans depend upon
those fish and wildlife for our recreational enjoyment, our
economy, and our quality of life.
An historic decision will be made onApril
20th by the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that might seal
the fate of Texas rivers and bays forever.
Please take action
NOW to urge the TCEQ Commissioners to set a precedent that
will maintain the water flows for our rivers and bays.
is about to set standards for protection of "environmental flows" for the first areas to go through a state process established in 2007: the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers and their estuary, Galveston Bay, and the Sabine and Neches Rivers and their estuary, Sabine Lake.
The proposed standards, however, are weak and your action is needed to urge TCEQ Commissioners to adopt standards truly protective of our rivers and bays.
The decision the Commissioners
make on April 20th will affect not only the rivers and bays
of East Texas – they
will set the stage for decisions to be made for the rest
of the rivers and bays in Texas, weak standards will follow
for these other basins and their bays if TCEQ doesn't start
out with strong standards.
For example, the proposed "protections" for the
Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers/Galveston Bay
area are so weak that the rivers could be reduced
to a trickle, putting many aquatic species and
the birds and wildlife that depend on them at
Remember that crabs, shrimp, and oysters require
a mix of fresh water and saltwater to reproduce.
In turn migratory birds depend upon blue crabs
and other species for their food supply. Adequate
flows of freshwater are necessary to maintain
healthy populations of these species.
Send comments NOW to the TCEQ Commissioners and Governor Perry telling them to strengthen the proposed standards for environmental flows to make them truly protective of Texas rivers and bays and the important fish and wildlife species dependent upon them !