Conservation America

National parks are places of curiosity and awe. If you’ve ever been to one, surely you’ll agree we need to keep protecting these treasures.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of America’s best ideas: the National Park Service, which manages everything from the iconic Grand Canyon to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Credit: Grand Canyon National Park via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

America’s national parks should be protected, not shortchanged

Our parks, forests and public lands are a big part of what makes this country so great. They’re where we go to spend time outdoors with our families and friends, to hike, bike, fish and see wild animals.

Credit: Grand Canyon National Park via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Yet instead of helping to protect and preserve our parks and other special places for our kids and future generations, some leaders in Congress have other ideas.

Some members of Congress are exerting their influence to convince the administration to mine for uranium right outside the Grand Canyon and drill for oil and gas near the Everglades.

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Mining and drilling are both wildly polluting, and would threaten the wildlife that call the Grand Canyon and the Everglades home — and they go against the very idea of protecting our most special places.

While it’s bad enough our parks are under threat and getting shortchanged on funding, some in Congress are actually trying to sell off our parks to the highest bidder.

Together, we can protect the Grand Canyon, the Everglades and other national parks for generations to come, so that our children can experience the same wonder that we have.

Credit: Mike Peters/Shutterstock

A legacy we can all be proud of                                                                      

We are banding together to stop these threats so that on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, we can make a commitment to preserve these special places for kids growing up today.

Your support makes it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, reach out to critical constituencies, and persuade our leaders to make the right choices.

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Don't overlook ways to save Texas' water and wildlife

The conservation tools that Texas needs to protect its water supply already exist. More efficient irrigation technologies, such as drip irrigation instead of overhead sprinklers, can slash water losses from irrigation. Better management practices — from clearing brush that competes with crops for water, to tilling fields less often so as to reduce future irrigation demand — can also reduce water waste in agriculture.

Stemming waste and improving efficiency represent an untapped supply of water. A recent report by the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center found that Texas could save 500 billion gallons annually by 2020 by implementing water efficiency technologies and programs. That is enough water to meet the municipal water needs of 9 million Texans.

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Water Conservation should be a top priority

If we get serious about conservation, Texas can save more than 500 billion gallons of water every year. Let's make sure our state government knows that water conservation should be a top priority.

-Ben Hellerstein, Brownsville Field Organizer, Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

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Disappointed in Rep.Thompson

Water conservation is the cheapest, fastest, and most environmentally responsible way to meet our water needs. In every sector of water use, new technologies and better management practices can enable us to get more out of a gallon of water. We can't control when it rains, but we can control how we use water. State funding can help cut water waste, improve water conservation, and steer Texas toward a more sustainable water future.

Mike Riggin

Environment Texas

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Save Texas' water and wildlife

In 2008 and 2009, 23 endangered whooping cranes- members of the only wild migratory flock of the birds in the world- perished. The culprit: insufficient freshwater flowing into the South Texas marshes to support the blue crabs that are an important part of the birds' diet.

The lack of freshwater in those years in the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers, which feed the marshes, wasn't solely the result of low rainfall. Rather, it was exacerbated by excessive upstream water withdrawals for agriculture, municipal and industrial use.

The conservation tools Texas needs to protect its water supply already exist.

Texas must start using its water resources more wisely -there is no room for water waste in a state suffering from drought and where population growth and climate change are likely to stress water supplies in the future.

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State and local officials are "cautiously optimistic" about an ongoing environmental review that so far has found "no impacts would occur" that would prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from issuing a permit to SpaceX for rocket operations in South Texas. 
An Austin-based environmental group last year began an online petition drive to stop SpaceX from building a launchpad in Cameron County near Brownsville.

Environment Texas said the rocket launches would endanger wildlife in the Boca Chica beach area, the site SpaceX, known also as Space Exploration Technologies, is considering in Texas.
"I love the space program and would love to have a spaceport in the Brownsville area, but doing it in the middle of a wildlife refuge is just crazy," said Luke Metzger, Environment Texas director, in an interview last year. Metzer, added he had not seen the proposed site near Boca Chica beach.

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