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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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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New study: Solar power delivers more than clean energy to Texas

HOUSTON - Solar panels will help Texas avoid blackouts this summer and provide many other benefits often overlooked by policymakers, according to The True Value of Solar: Measuring The Benefits of Rooftop Solar Power, a new study released today by the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group. The group used the study to call on the Public Utility Commission of Texas to do more to promote the use of solar. 

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News Release | The Public Interest Network

Hurricane season coverage: Data, resources and interview opportunities

The 2019 hurricane season officially gets underway tomorrow (June 1) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting between 4 and 8 hurricanes this year. On the heels of the devastating Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael in 2018, The Public Interest Network (which includes U.S. PIRGEnvironment America, and state groups in often-impacted states such as Florida, Georgia, North CarolinaTexas and Virginia) is sharing information to help contextualize the major environmental, health and consumer concerns posed by the hurricanes that will inevitably come this season.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Houston’s solar energy capacity doubled in 2018

HOUSTON – In a sign of incredible growth for solar energy in Houston, total solar capacity in the city more than doubled in 2018, according to the sixth edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Houston passed Dallas in solar, adding 11.4 megawatts (MW) of solar in 2018. The group pointed to a new solar energy bulk purchasing program available through the state, Houston’s climate action plan, and bills in the Legislature as opportunities to further boost the region’s use of solar energy.

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