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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Green infrastructure should protect Texans from flooding

AUSTIN -- Environment Texas Research and Policy Center today called on the state to invest a minimum of 20% of the $793 million dollar Flood Infrastructure Fund in green infrastructure, including rain gardens, urban forests, and mimicked wetlands. Today is the final day for public input on the program.  

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New study: Solar exploded 339-fold, wind quadrupled in Texas in last decade

HOUSTON - Since 2009, Texas has seen almost a 340-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and similarly impressive growth in wind, energy storage, and electric vehicle technology, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. And earlier this summer, ERCOT revealed that wind outproduced coal in Texas in the first half of the year, for the first time ever.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Houston to offer green infrastructure incentives

HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Turner announced today a new package of incentives to help fight flooding and water pollution through green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and green roofs. Environment Texas, which had called for such measures immediately after Hurricane Harvey, applauded the steps. 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Beach Alert: Swimming in Texas’ polluted waters can make you sick

LA PORTE, TEXAS - With summer in full swing, Texas beachgoers should beware: It might not be safe to go in the water. Last year, 141 beaches across the state, including Sylvan Beach in La Porte and the Texas City Dike, Retilon Road and Galveston Island State Park #6 - Bayside beaches in Galveston County, had water pollution levels that put swimmers at risk of getting sick on at least one occasion last year, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The study, Safe for Swimming?, looked at fecal bacteria levels at a total of 167 beaches across the state.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Safe for Swimming?

An analysis of bacteria sampling data from beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico reveals that 2,580 beach sites – more than half of all sites tested – were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day in 2018, and 546 sites were potentially unsafe at least 25 percent of the days that sampling took place. Sites were considered potentially unsafe if bacteria levels exceeded the U.S.

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