Press Releases

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May 18, 2016

Texas Living Waters Unveils First Ever Water Conservation Scorecard

Wide disparity of effort, information among water utilities

PRESS-RELEASE-TexasWaterConservationScorecard-18May2016Austin, TX – The Texas Living Waters Project, a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and Galveston Bay Foundation, today released the first-of-its-kind Texas Water Conservation Scorecard, an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 300 water utilities in Texas. Based on publicly available information, the Scorecard revealed […]

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March 24, 2015

Cutting wasteful lawn watering in North Central Texas, Houston-Galveston Areas could save 52 billion gallons of water

  EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12 AM, March 24. 2015 Cutting Wasteful Lawn Watering in North Central Texas, Houston-Galveston Areas Could Save 52 Billion Gallons of Water New Report from Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation Shows Big Savings Potential from Smart Lawn Watering Policies Austin, TX – The Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation released […]

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March 10, 2015

Judge Rules Water Conservation Plan Not Adequate for Lake Ralph Hall Transfer

TCEQ approval of interbasin transfer reversed and remanded for action to address water conservation deficiencies

Austin, TX (March 10, 2015) – Yesterday, Judge Scott Jenkins ruled that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) erred in approving an interbasin transfer for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall because the applicant had not demonstrated compliance with the water conservation requirements established by the Texas Legislature. The National Wildlife Federation challenged the permit, […]

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January 7, 2015

Sierra Club hires Reggie James as Interim Director of Lone Star Chapter

Veteran advocate to lead chapter through legislative session AUSTIN, TX – The Sierra Club announced today the hiring of Reggie James as Interim Director of the Lone Star Chapter. James will lead the chapter for a six-month term, at which time the chapter’s Executive Committee expects to hire a permanent Chapter Director. With more than 25 […]

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September 17, 2014

Proposed Revisions to LCRA Water Management Plan Mean Slight Improvements for Matagorda Bay

On Wednesday, September 17, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is expected to vote on proposed amendments to the Water Management Plan (WMP) that will govern how water in Lakes Travis and Buchanan is managed. Among other things, the WMP determines, in large part, how much water will flow in the lower Colorado River and […]

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July 18, 2014

Joint press release on HB 4 funding rules

Conservation Groups Encourage Input on State Water Funding Rules Public Comment Period Underway, Public Hearings Begin July 24 in San Antonio (Austin)—The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has proposed agency rules to govern the use of a new state water project fund approved by voters last November with the passage of Proposition 6. State conservation […]

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July 1, 2014

Statement of Myron Hess, National Wildlife Federation, on Ruling of Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in The Aransas Project Litigation

“Although the ruling announced today reversed the district court decision, the opinion of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is a narrow one. The Court of Appeals determined that the district court opinion did not adequately address the issue of proximate cause, which is similar to predictability, of harm to whooping cranes. Basically, the Court […]

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May 19, 2014

TWDB Executive Administrator Intends to Move Ahead with Marvin Nichols

Sierra Club Press Statement

Austin – Kevin Patteson, the executive administrator for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), issued his long-awaited recommendation on the proposed construction of the Marvin Nichols reservoir today, deciding to keep the controversial proposal within the 2011 Region C water plan.  The reservoir, proposed to be developed along the Sulphur River in East Texas (TWDB […]

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February 14, 2014

New TCEQ Rules Fall Short of Protecting Texas’ Rivers and Bays

Austin, Texas – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioners voted Wednesday to set environmental flow standards for the Brazos, Nueces, and Rio Grande basins and bay areas that fail to adequately protect these rivers and associated estuaries. By placing limits on new water rights permits and setting targets for efforts to improve flows, […]

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February 11, 2014

Proposed LCRA Emergency Order Unfair to Lower Colorado Basin, including Matagorda Bay

Proposed LCRA Emergency Order Unfair to Lower Colorado Basin, including Matagorda Bay On Wednesday, February 12, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will consider approving an emergency order limiting the availability of water from Lakes Buchanan and Travis for downstream irrigation and for the protection of water quality and fish and wildlife in the […]

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