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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Sine Die | Luke Metzger

Yesterday, on the last day of session (known as "Sine Die"), the 84th Legislature gavelled to a close. Congressman Joaquin Castro called it "perhaps the worst legislative session in Texas history" and the Texas League of Conservation Voters called it a "disaster for the environment, public health, and local control." It's true, it was a pretty rough session for the environment. The Legislature ended the rights of cities to ban or even regulate fracking unless it's deemed "commercially reasonable" (yeah, nobody really knows what that means). They also made it harder for cities to sue big polluters who break the law and harder for citizens to challenge companies seeking permits to pollute near their communities. A rebate program to help Texans buy electric cars was allowed to expire.

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Without action, Texas will keep bearing warming's brunt

A generation ago, many people thought of global warming as something that would happen "someday, somewhere." As it turns out, "someday" is now, "somewhere" is here it's really something.

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Coal permits are protested

A watchdog group says Texas’ environmental agency, working with electric companies, violated the federal Clean Air Act by increasing allowable power plant emissions without telling the public or the EPA.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Obama administration issues rule to protect wetlands, 75% percent of Texas’ streams

AUSTIN – 75% of Texas’ streams, including those feeding the Colorado River, Trinity River, and Galveston Bay, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

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Texas drought begins to fade

Last summer, Wichita Falls was the poster child of Texas suffering from drought. The city’s water situation was such that it pioneered the treatment, blending and reuse of wastewater for its residents as lake levels lowered.

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