Environment Texas Research and Policy Center Latest Blog Posts

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Michaela Morris
Associate, Protect Our Oceans, Environment America

Check out the following list of some of our favorite ocean livestreams. These livestreams dive deep into the big blue sea, exploring everything from jellies to coral reefs. 

The Texas Water Development Board will require all projects submited to its Flood Infrastructure Fund to consider nature-based features in their proposals.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Seven of our summer interns testified in a public meeting last week about the importance of protecting critical habitat in the Gulf of Mexico by expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Rain gardens, green roofs and other nature based infrastructure help mitigate flooding and reduce water pollution. 

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Off the coast of Texas, spectacular coral reefs in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary provide a home for sea turtles, manta rays, and all manner of ocean life-and now, we have a chance to expand the sanctuary to protect more of these special places.

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Emma Pabst
Global Warming Solutions Advocate

We support curtailing oil production and urge you to prioritize production cuts for producers and fields with the worst records of excessive flaring. In implementing proration, the RRC has a unique opportunity to make a difference for public health and the environment in Texas by using waste from excessive flaring as a metric for allocating production.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

On Thursday, heavy rains and thunderstorms caused over 100,000 gallons of sewage water to flood the streets of Dallas -- not exactly good news in the middle of a global public health crisis. But other news might soon change how such floods are handled: just three days before the Dallas floods, the Texas Water Development Board took a quiet, but major, step forward in their work to protect Texans from flooding by including nature-based infrastructure in the brand new Flood Intended Use Plan.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Brooke Paup, board member of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), kicked off a day-long workshop in San Antonio last month to explore how nature-based infrastructure can be used to curb water pollution and flooding. The workshop brought together experts from acoross the state to discuss how Texas can install more rain gardens, green roofs, and other natural strategies for capturing (and using) stormwater - before it causes problems. 

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Luke Metzger
Executive Director

I'm proud of the work my team at Environment Texas did this year to protect Texas’ wild places, protect air and water quality, fight global warming and move to a 100% clean economy and more. Here are some of the highlights:

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Catherine Fraser
Clean Air Associate

Today I testified before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding a proposed (weak) fine against the TPC Port Neches facility (the one which blew up over Thanksgiving). Here is what I said. I’m here to speak against the proposed penalty for the TPC Port Neches Plant. Today, Environment Texas is releasing our annual report on Illegal Air Pollution in Texas. Our research found that the TPC Port Neches Plant is the second worst polluter of butadiene in the entire state of Texas, illegally emitting over 14 thousands pounds of butadiene last year alone. We know butadiene can cause cancer, and that there is no safe level of exposure to it.