10 simple ways to celebrate Earth Day in Texas

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, and if it snuck up on you this year, we’ve got you covered.

Pick from these ten simple ways to commemorate Earth Day, and learn how you can help conserve land, water and wildlife in Texas.

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Arroyo Colorado fishing tournament and Stormwater Runoff Conference raise awareness

The Lower Rio Grande Valley - Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Task Force hosted its 16th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Runoff Management and Planning Conference April 8-11 on South Padre Island. The conference included sessions on stormwater regulations, permitting changes, watershed protection plans, floodplain management, low impact development, nonpoint source pollution and other water research. The conference culminated in the Second Annual LRGV-TPDES Stormwater Task Force Fishing Tournament to benefit the Arroyo Colorado Conservancy on April 12. 

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Ogallala Aquifer Program receives secretary’s honor award

The Ogallala Aquifer Program received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award in December 2013. The honor was given to OAP “for sustaining rural prosperity across the drought-prone Southern High Plains by finding solutions to problems from declining water availability for the Ogallala Aquifer,” the award stated.

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Learn how Texas manages nonpoint source water pollution in latest TSSWCB report

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently released the 2013 Annual Report on Managing Nonpoint Source Water Pollution. Highlights in the report include annual load reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment and success stories from water bodies across the state.

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