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November 8, 2010:

  • Pre-Register Now for the Sierra Club State Legislative Workshop!

    The upcoming state legislative session will be a challenging one for environmental issues. It’s more important than ever before for Texans concerned about environmental protection to be informed and prepared to action in the session. This session major environmental and/or energy agencies such as TCEQ, the Railroad Commission, the Public Utility Commission, and the Texas Water Development Board, among others are up for sunset review and must have legislation passed to continue in existence. To add to the challenges Texas is facing a multi-billion dollar revenue shortfall that potentially puts all environmental programs at risk. Citizens need to be well-versed to deal with these challenges. Fortunately the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club has just the event to fill the bill – the Sierra Club’s biennial State Legislative Workshop – this year set for Saturday, November 13 in Austin. Pre-register by Thursday, and be rewarded with a reduced fee, which includes lunch and materials. ...Read the full story...


  • The Devils River – Flowing in a More Positive Direction

    The controversy that erupted a few weeks ago over a proposed land swap (+ $8 million) by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department led to a public outpouring of support for the existing Devils River State Natural Area and a number of ideas that may result in a positive outcome. After Parks and Wildlife issued a public announcement on October 12 that the agency was considering transferring ownership of the State Natural Area plus a cash payment of almost $8 million to a private individual in return for acquisition of the Devils River Ranch, the agency received literally hundreds of communications in opposition to the loss of the State Natural Area. Those communications were augmented by public comments at the public meetings held in Del Rio on October 20 and in San Antonio on October 26 that were strongly in opposition. Now it appears increasingly unlikely that Parks and Wildlife will give up the existing State Natural Area....Read the full story...


  • TCEQ Approves Environmental Flow Standards for Public Comment

    The three Commissioners who govern the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) last Wednesday approved for publication in the Texas Register proposed environmental flow standards for the Sabine and Neches River Basins and for the Trinity and San Jacinto River Basins and Galveston Bay. The proposals would affect how future water rights applications and certain amendments to existing water rights would be handled to protect instream flows in the river basins and freshwater inflows to Galveston Bay. The Commissioners revised language in the preamble to the staff proposal to make clear that the public could submit during the comment period any information relevant to environmental flows (including comments on an alternative to the staff proposal for environmental flow standards for the Trinity and San Jacinto Basins and Galveston Bay that was developed by scientists and environmental and recreational interests). The broad nature of their request for public input was intended to assure that the agency would not have to restart the process and re-propose new standards if the Commissioners decided to strengthen the original staff proposal. ...Read the full story...

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