News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Local groups rally to protect Texas waters from meat industry’s pollution

AUSTIN - Community members gathered at Lady Bird Lake today to call on Tyson Foods and its peers to clean up polluting practices causing nitrate spikes and toxic algae blooms across Texas waters each summer. Many Texas waterways are contaminated due to polluted runoff washing off industrial farms that feed and raise meat. The #CleanItUpTyson rally is part of a nationwide campaign urging America’s largest meat company to adopt farming practices that would prevent chemical fertilizer and manure runoff from polluting Texas waters.

News Release | Environment Texas

Whole Foods refuses to accept petitions over pollution by meat suppliers

AUSTIN, TX –Today thousands of Whole Foods shoppers joined with farmers and environmental leaders to deliver more than 90,000 petition signatures to the company’s headquarters in Austin. The petition urges Whole Foods to hold its corporate meat suppliers accountable for the widespread water contamination caused by their irresponsible farming and waste management practices. The attempted petition drop follows three letters sent to the company in the last several months - all of which have been ignored by the company.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas worst for unauthorized industrial water pollution

AUSTIN – 132 industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Texas waterways 938 times over 21 months, more than any other state in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.  The facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution.  Environment Texas’ Troubled Waters report comes as the Trump administration tries to weaken clean water protections and slash enforcement funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states.

News Release | Environment Texas

Most Texas members of Congress fail to defend our environment and our families’ health

Members of the Lone Star State's congressional delegation voted to support environmental protections only 28% of the time on average, according to a new scorecard from Environment Texas. The scorecard evaluates the state's 2 U.S. senators and 36 U.S. representatives on 32 key environmental votes. While Senators John Conryn and Ted Cruz both scored 0%, Texas can be proud of 3 representatives who scored 100% — Joaquin Castro, Lloyd Doggett, and Beto O'Rourke.

News Release | Environment Texas

New Water Policies Can Cut Pollution & Flooding in Austin

AUSTIN — Local environmental groups today announced their support for changes to Austin’s land development code that will help reduce water pollution and flooding severity. The proposals will require future developments to retain a minimum amount of rainwater with on-site features, and to limit the amount of runoff flowing into the city’s drainage system. However, local leaders stated that additional changes still need be made to protect Austin’s safety and environment.

News Release | Environment Texas

Harvey shows why Houston must use Green Infrastructure

HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey has shown the need for better stormwater solutions in Houston, and one of the most important is Green Infrastructure. But while these natural drainage features are already being used in a few places in Houston, the city’s official support for Green Infrastructure is low. Houston ranks fourth among the state’s five biggest cities for Green Infrastructure policies, according to the “Texas Stormwater Scorecard,” a new study released today by Environment Texas and the Galveston Bay Foundation.

News Release | Environment Texas

Fort Worth outranks Dallas for Green Infrastructure

AUSTIN — Hurricane Harvey has demonstrated the need for better stormwater solutions in Texas, and one of the most important is Green Infrastructure. But while these natural drainage features are already being used across the state, official support for Green Infrastructure varies from city to city. According to a new study released by Environment Texas, Fort Worth ranks third among the state’s five biggest cities for Green Infrastructure policies, while Dallas ranks last.

News Release | Environment Texas

San Antonio places 2nd in new Texas stormwater survey

SAN ANTONIO — Hurricane Harvey has shown the need for better stormwater strategies in Texas, and one of the most promising is green infrastructure. Environment Texas and Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance today released a new report, Texas Stormwater Scorecard, that ranks the state’s five biggest cities on their support for green infrastructure. While San Antonio placed second, its score of 65% shows that the city can improve its policies.

News Release | Environment Texas

Harvey likely caused millions of gallons of sewage overflows in Houston

At least 12 sewage overflows in the Houston area have been reported since Hurricane Harvey hit, according to Environment Texas, a statewide nonprofit advocacy group. Volume amounts have yet to reported. But given that up to 2 million gallons of sewage have been released in previous storms with only 10 inches of rain or less, Hurricane Harvey’s much higher rainfall amounts should be expected to cause millions of gallons in sewage overflows.

News Release | Environment Texas

Austin council approves green infrastructure resolution

AUSTIN — The Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution that calls for the development of an integrated green infrastructure plan. The resolution specifically endorses the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure features such as rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, and rain harvesting systems in order to address the problems created by urban runoff.

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