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Recommendations to Address Texas’ Water Infrastructure Following Winter Storm Uri

The polar vortex that descended on Texas from February 13 to 17, 2021 exposed not only the state’s ill-prepared electric grid, but also our aging, inadequate water infrastructure. As the Texas Legislature, state agencies, and local communities examine and address the failures that led to widespread suffering, loss of life, and economic harm during this winter storm and its aftermath, we urge decision-makers to consider how we might approach our water infrastructure differently as well. We offer the following high-level policy recommendations to help ensure that all Texans have reliable access to safe drinking water, that their wastewater is properly treated, that the systems providing these essential services can quickly recover from shocks and stresses,...

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2021 Legislative Priorities: Texas Coast and Water Program, National Wildlife Federation

The Texas Coast and Water Program at the National Wildlife Federation (a founding member of the Texas Living Waters Project) presents here its policy priorities for the 2021 Texas Legislative Session. The program calls on elected officials to promote water supply innovation, enable sustainable management of groundwater, invest in state parks, advance natural solutions to flooding, and protect river flows. We also emphasize the pressing need to address social disparities, such as access to broadband internet, in order to improve public participation in ongoing planning processes related to disaster mitigation and natural resources. [eltd_button size="" type="solid" text=" Download NWF's 2021 Legislative Priorities (PDF)" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://texaslivingwaters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/NWF-Legislative-Priorities.pdf" target="_self" color="#ffffff" hover_color="#ffffff" background_color="#296374" hover_background_color="#3A8DA6" border_color="#296374" hover_border_color=""...

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