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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Trump signs dirty water executive order

“President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people,” Luke Metzger, Environment Texas

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65% of Texas schools which have tested for lead have found unsafe levels

AUSTIN – 65 percent of Texas schools which have tested for lead in drinking water have measured unsafe levels, according to Environment Texas. An analysis by Environment Texas gave Texas a grade of F for failing to prevent children’s drinking water from becoming laced with lead at school.

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Can Improve Houston’s Water Quality

HOUSTON – Environment Texas released a new report today that describes how Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) can be used to make a significant reduction in both runoff pollution and flood severity in Houston. The advocacy group is partnering with The Galveston Bay Foundation to urge the City Council to develop a comprehensive GSI plan for Houston.

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