April 20, 2012:
CONFERENCE in Austin April 27 Features
INTERNATIONAL WATER EXPERT
Richter, an international authority on
river conservation and the director of
The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater
Program, will be the keynote speaker
for the statewide water conference being
held by the Lone Star Chapter of the
Sierra Club in Austin on Friday, April
for People and the Environment” conference
will explore some of the key ways in
which Texas may meet its water challenges
through more efficient and effective
management of the state’s water resources.
Major topics are drought and drought
response, innovative water conservation
measures, and balancing human and environmental
needs in water reuse projects. Deadline
for reduced fee pre-registration
for the conference is Monday,
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North Texas Cities Moving to Make Twice-Weekly Watering the Norm
The mayors of Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Irving announced
on April 11 that they had joined together to push for the
adoption by their cities of twice-a-week outdoor watering
restrictions on an ongoing basis as part of an enhanced water
conservation effort. The Dallas City Council moved quickly
to enact that proposal on April 18, and Arlington municipal
officials will consider the proposal next week.
Club and others have commended this initiative by North Central
Texas leaders and have noted that the restrictions on outdoor
landscape watering will be most effective if they are part
of an overall water conservation and education program to
help people understand how to use water more efficiently. ...Read
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EIS Scoping Process Underway for Proposed SpaceX Launching Facility
SpaceX, a commercial space transportation company, has chosen an approximately 50-acre site in the area at the tip of South Texas known as Boca Chica (about three miles from the Mexican border), for a proposed rocket launching facility. Because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates and licenses commercial space launches and launching facilities, the FAA will be responsible for leading the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed SpaceX launch facility in South Texas. A notice from the FAA about the preparation of the EIS for this project was issued in early April. A public scoping meeting on the EIS will be held in Brownsville on May 15, and comments on issues to be addressed in the EIS are due by May 30.
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