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Environment Texas’ 2023 Legislative Agenda

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Environment Texas’ 2023 Legislative Agenda

Environment Texas outlines our legislative and program priorities for the coming year as we work for clean air, clean water and open spaces to protect and preserve our natural places.

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Illegal Air Pollution in Texas Declined 54% During COVID Recession

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Illegal Air Pollution in Texas Declined 54% During COVID Recession

Texas industries reported releasing 46 million pounds of illegal air pollution in 2020, a decrease of 54 percent from 2019 caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn, according to state data analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

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Parks commission votes to protect exceptional habitat near Guadalupe River State Park

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Parks commission votes to protect exceptional habitat near Guadalupe River State Park

AUSTIN --- Today, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) voted to protect 515 acres of land near Guadalupe River State Park slated for a new housing development. The development could have led to pollution of the Honey Creek and the Guadalupe River and destroyed habitat for endangered wildlife such as the Golden Cheeked Warbler, Guadalupe Bass and Texas Salamander. Environment Texas Conservation Associate Seth Billingsley, who testified in support of the acquisition at today’s commission meeting, released the following statement.

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Texas House backs green solutions to water problems

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Texas House backs green solutions to water problems

AUSTIN — The Texas House gave final approval today to legislation to fund rain gardens, green roofs, constructed wetlands and other “nature-based” strategies for reducing water pollution, flooding and impacts of drought. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has pledged to dedicate up to $4.5 million per year for the new Water Resource Protection Program.

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