Wildfires at Bastrop State Park

By | Luke Metzger
Director

An update on the status of Bastrop State Park from Park Superintendent Todd McClanahan:

I have finally had a moment to sit down and gather my thoughts and provide a brief assessment of what has occurred over the past 9 days.  First let me send out my sincerest condolences to those who have lost their homes during this tragic event.  This certainly has been one of the worst disasters in Texas’s history and is by far the worst wildfire event.  Nine state park employees (several more TPWD employees) have been affected by this fire with 7 who lost everything along with so many others in Bastrop.

With my five year old son Gus starting Kindergarten this week, I went through a mental checklist to make sure he has everything he needs (school supplies - check. lunchbox filled with healthy food - check. afterschool program confirmed to pick him up - check. his hair combed in the morning - oops, well, maybe tomorrow). With the critical stuff out of the way, I started to think about other things he needs to learn in a safe, healthy environment. Here are a few tips I came up with.

Austin to Ban Plastic Bags

By | Luke Metzger
Director

Today in Austin, Mayor Leffingwell along with City Council members Martinez and Riley proposed a ban on plastic bags at major grocery stores and retailers in the city. Every year in Austin, more than 263 million plastic bags are used, costing the city $850,000 a year for clean-up and disposal.

Bills Still Standing

By | Luke Metzger
Director

With just a few days left in the session, here are some of the key environmentally-related bills still moving. 

Good Bills

Fracking Chemical Disclosure (HB 3328) - passed Senate, going to conference committee. More.

Solar Leasing Bill (SB 981) - passed House. Once the bill's author - Sen. John Carona - concurs with the House amendments, it'll go to the Governor

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