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November 20, 2013

Statement of Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter and National Wildlife Federation on LCRA Board Decision to Seek Authority to Raise Interruptible Water Trigger to 1.1 Million Acre-Feet and to Implement Mandatory Restrictions on Outdoor Water Use

The LCRA Board voted 8-7 this afternoon to seek emergency authorization from TCEQ to raise the trigger to provide interruptible water to agricultural customers to 1.1 million acre-feet combined storage and to require firm water customers to implement no more than once per week lawn watering schedules in their communities. Statement: “LCRA Board’s decision today […]

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November 14, 2013

Sierra Club Release Updated Report on Desalination

(Austin)-The Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter today released an updated version of its popular report on desalination of seawater and brackish groundwater and surface water. Desalination: Is It Worth Its Salt?  is a basic primer on desalination written for the general public. The report explores the environmental, energy, and economic issues surrounding desalination and provides […]

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September 24, 2013

TCEQ Misses Golden Water Conservation Opportunity on Lake Ralph Hall Permit

District’s water conservation plan and program don’t measure up: more like pyrite than real gold Austin, TX (Sept. 24, 2013) – Statement of Myron Hess, Manager of Texas Water Programs/Counsel for the National Wildlife Federation: “Today, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted to issue a permit for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall. Unfortunately, […]

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September 18, 2013

Statement of Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter and National Wildlife Federation on LCRA Board Decision to Seek Authority to Suspend Freshwater Inflows to Matagorda Bay

The LCRA Board voted 9-6 this afternoon to seek emergency authorization from TCEQ to temporarily suspend freshwater inflows to Matagorda Bay. Statement of Jennifer Walker, Water Resources Coordinator for the Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club: “During serious drought conditions all water users should share the pain.  However, this vote unfairly seeks to cut off all […]

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April 9, 2013

TAP Lawsuit Victory for Whooping Cranes

Austin, Texas – U.S. District Court Judge Janis Graham Jack’s ruling yesterday in favor of The Aransas Project (TAP) is a significant victory for the endangered whopping crane. It underscores the need for a more comprehensive approach to water planning and development that includes water for the environment. “This court decision creates a great opportunity […]

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January 14, 2013

Environmental Groups Issue Position Statement on Texas Water Planning and Funding

The National Wildlife Federation and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club have issued a position statement calling for a strategic and cost-effective approach to meeting all of the critical water needs of Texas. In the position statement the environmental organizations cite the need to refine and improve the state water plan while also […]

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June 19, 2012

Water Conservation Symposium Set for Thursday in Waco

The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and a number of other organizations are sponsoring a Brazos Valley Water Conservation Symposium in Waco this Thursday, June 20 to highlight the ways in which the region may meet its water needs through enhanced water conservation. The symposium, subtitled “The Business Case for Water Conservation,” is […]

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