Report | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

The State of Recycling in Texas

Recycling rates in Texas reveal one of the more wasteful states in the nation. At 23 percent, the statewide rate falls almost twelve points below the national average 34.7 percent. Based on the most recent available data, only two of Texas’s major cities, Austin and Plano, exceed the national average.

Report | Environment Texas

Protest of oil drilling at Choke canyon Reservoir

The Center for Biological Diversity, Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, and Sierra Club hereby file this protest of Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed December 5-6, 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale, and Environmental Assessment (EA) DOI-BLM-NM040-2018-0060-EA, pursuant to 43 C.F.R. § 3120.1-3. We formally protest the inclusion of each of the following parcels, including approximately 4,200 acres underlying Choke Canyon Reservoir in McMullen and Live Oak counties in Texas, and over 400 acres in Oklahoma’s Alfalfa, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, and Woods counties.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Swim At Your Own Risk

Texans love the water – especially in the summertime. From South Padre Island to Galveston Bay, and from the San Marcos River to Lake Lewisville, our rivers, lakes and beaches draw thousands of Texans every time the sun is out and the temperature is up.

But many of the waterways where Texans love to play are sometimes too polluted for people to go swimming, tubing, or wading safely. An analysis of water testing data from the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reveals that Texas beaches, rivers and lakes frequently exceed bacteria levels deemed safe under state law, indicating unsafe levels of fecal contamination.