Category Archives: Natural Resources

Texas state parks planning updates with dedicated funding

Over the next few years, the state park system in Texas will undergo several repairs and renovations made possible by newly dedicated funding. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), legislation enacted by the 84th Legislature in 2015 to dedicate funding for parks … Continue reading

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New federal law requires labeling of bioengineered foods

A recently enacted federal law directs the secretary of agriculture to establish national standards for labeling bioengineered foods, sometimes described as genetically engineered foods or foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). S.764  by Wicker (R-MS) preempts state requirements for labeling bioengineered foods or seeds, including a labeling … Continue reading

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Texas studies freshwater loss, explores aquifer storage and recovery

As part of an interim charge to study freshwater loss in Texas, the House Natural Resources Committee is expected to meet this fall to examine aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) as a water storage method that could prevent loss to evaporation. ASR involves collecting water during wet … Continue reading

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House committee to examine effects of federal environmental rules

The recently formed Texas House Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation will examine this interim how several proposed or finalized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules could affect jobs, economic development, and energy rates and reliability in Texas. The committee will … Continue reading

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State responds to chronic wasting disease in captive deer

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) detected in white-tailed deer bred at a Texas facility recently prompted state agency officials to adopt rules restricting the movement and release of breeder deer. While some say the rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are reasonable … Continue reading

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