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We will be celebrating progress in our ongoing campaign to build a culture of water conservation in Texas. Since last year's Spring for Water event, we secured passage of Senate Bill 198, which no longer allows homeowner associations in Texas to ban xeriscaping. Since the bill's passage, we have held community meetings in Dallas, Houston, Fredericksburg, Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Bastrop, Pflugerville, and many more, to assist HOAs in revising their landscaping practices in a way that achieves the maximum benefit from the new law. Our meetings bring together HOA board members and residents, landscaping experts, HOA management companies, municipal water conservation staff, and other key stakeholders. We are proud to announce that numerous HOAs now give broad latitude to homeowners wishing to xeriscape as a direct result of our outreach. For example, right after hearing one of our presentations, four HOAs in Dallas amended their landscaping rules to allow residents to reduce turf grass coverage in their front yards from 100% to 25%!
Clean Water Action has announced that it is endorsing long-time environmental champion Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2. Clean Water Action is one of Texas' leading grass-roots environmental organizations with over 25,000 members in Travis County.
“It is difficult to imagine a more qualified candidate than Brigid for this position,” said David Foster, State Director for Clean Water Action. “She brings a wealth of expertise, a proven record of building consensus among diverse stakeholders, and a genuine passion to protect our environment and quality of life. We need energetic leadership on the Commissioners Court, and that's why we are endorsing Brigid Shea.”
Austin has earned the reputation for having some of the best solar
programs in the nation--yet still only meets about 1% of its total
energy needs from the sun. Even if Austin reaches its current goal of
producing 200 megawatts from solar by 2020, that would still only meet
about 3% of demand. Help us get more solar in Austin – click here!
It's time to raise the bar on solar energy goals. Please tell Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the council members to expand Austin’s solar goals and programs!
Please use the resources on this site to transform your yard and your community’s landscape to protect our water resources.
We are working in local communities and at the state level on behalf of sustainable water policies that protect drinking water at its source, preserve wetlands and aquifer recharge Azones, and conserve water for the future. We are working to persuade policy makers to prioritize conservation above expensive new reservoirs and treatment plants—a policy that would also save the energy needed to treat and distribute this water.
With the threat of global warming and fossil fuel prices rising, nuclear power is being hailed once again as a solution to future energy needs. In September 2007, NRG Energy filed for a construction and operation license for two new nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project near Bay City, and since then four additional nuclear plants have been proposed.