The thing that keeps me hopeful when the Texas Legislature and the TCEQ do things like they did yesterday, is knowing that people often do the right thing despite the Legislature and TCEQ. There’s hope that rationality could prevail.
So what happened yesterday?
The TCEQ passed a terrible environmental flows rule and the State House of Representatives passed a terrible TCEQ Sunset bill.
First, Environmental Flows…
TCEQ Commissioner Buddy Garcia did the right thing! Feel free to thank him with an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The other two TCEQ Commissioners, Chair Bryan Shaw and Carlos Rubinstein tried to break our hearts with a terrible new environmental flows rule that leaves our friends the oysters, the shrimp and the fishing and tourism industries of the Texas coast too salty for life. Need more info. so that you can make a comment on Matt Tresaugue’s Houston Chronicle article? Here’s what Ken Kramer, Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club says about the decision yesterday.
At today’s Commission meeting the public comments were strongly in favor of stronger standards, and those comments came from a diversity of folks – oystermen, seafood restaurant owners, seafood wholesalers, the Galveston Bay Foundation, the Coastal Conservation Association of Texas (recreational anglers), National Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club. A few comments were made in favor of weak standards by representatives of water supply interests, who thus far have sought to stonewall or control the process for development of standards so as to avoid any meaningful environmental protections.
Read more. Ken pointed to the large river systems authorities — the Trinity River Authority and Sabine River Authority as being the groups that blocked a meaningful result. Now Texans have to disregard the TCEQ’s poor rule and make wise initiatives to leave enough water in the rivers to make it to the bays and estuaries.
What else could have happened yesterday?
Readers stay tuned for…What? You didn’t! Part II…on the Texas State House of Representatives vote on the TCEQ Sunset bill.
Posted by Donna Hoffman, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club