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Statement of Environment Texas Advocate Luke Metzger on Council Approval of the Bond Package

We’re very pleased by the final bond package approved by City Council today. This bond package provides the vision and resources we need to protect Austin’s quality of life and environment into the future and Austinites should be excited. We are particularly thankful for the Council’s efforts on behalf of protecting Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer. After receiving the largest cut of any item being considered in the bond package, the Council clearly listened to the overwhelming public support for protecting the springs and increased funds to $50 million for aquifer land acquisition. The council received more than 1700 postcards, e-mails, phone calls and letters in support of more money for open space, making it perhaps the single largest commented on item in the whole package. This proposed investment couldn’t come at a more critical time for aquifer protection. City staff have warned that 7500 acres of land in the Barton Springs watershed are under imminent threat of development, jeopardizing water quality and the unique natural character of our city. Again we thank the Council for their leadership and are confident Austin voters will like what they see.

News Release | Environment Texas

Statement of Environment Texas Advocate Luke Metzger on Council Approval of the Bond Package

We’re very pleased by the final bond package approved by City Council today. This bond package provides the vision and resources we need to protect Austin’s quality of life and environment into the future and Austinites should be excited.

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Congress to Vote on Proposal to Increase Vehicle Gas Mileage

With gasoline prices hovering around $3 a gallon and Congress poised to vote on a proposal to increase automobile gas mileage standards to at least 33 miles per gallon (mpg), Environment Texas today released an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists documenting the benefits of a 33 mpg standard and called on the Texas congressional delegation to support it.   

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New Report: Gulf of Mexico Makes Little Progress Increasing the Number of Healthy Fish Stocks, Feds Hide Failures Using Shell Games

Zero federal fish stocks managed solely by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are known to be healthy, and this number has not changed since 2001, finds a new report released today by Environment Texas and the Marine Fish Conservation Network (Network).  Important game fish and menu items including red snapper, greater amberjack, and vermilion snapper continue to be fished at unsustainable rates despite the fact that the National Marine Fisheries Service lists them as overfished.

"It is in the best interest of the health of our oceans that science, not politics be our guiding principle for all management decisions,” said Luke Metzger, Advocate for Environment Texas.

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