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  • Home - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search This week we are celebrating Richard Donovan s 80 th birthday The Neches River has the recognition and respect it deserves because of Richard and his supporters admirers and friends Protecting the Neches has come to stand for everything TCA believes and supports Richard s legacy gives us all great confidence and courage

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  • About Page - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search About Texas Conservation Alliance Join Texas Conservation Alliance a dynamic group of individuals and organizations protecting Texas rivers forests coastlines wildlife and other natural habitats The Alliance harnesses the energies and experience of Texans from varied backgrounds MEET OUR FOUNDERS who share a common interest in protecting our state s natural resources TCA has an exceptional record of accomplishment over its forty year history Texas Conservation Alliance builds grassroots coalitions of conservationists sportsmen landowners advocates for nature tourism and outdoor recreation business people timber industry leaders and elected officials to influence public policies that affect the environment and to solve natural resource problems We invite individuals and organizations to join the Alliance and help us provide a natural legacy for future generations of Texans More About TCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OUR FOUNDERS ACCOMPLISHMENTS CURRENT PROJECTS MISSION Texas Conservation Alliance educates Texans and builds alliances to enhance and sustain wildlife habitat and protect our land air and water for future generations THE ALLIANCE S EFFORTS HAVE LED TO Establishment of four national wildlife refuges in Texas including the Neches River

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  • Join/Donate - Texas Conservation Alliance
    2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search TCA s success is built on you Thank you for supporting the efforts of Texas Conservation Alliance Your membership includes a year to TCA s newsletter Your gift does make a difference Checks can be mailed to Texas Conservation Alliance P O Box 822554 Dallas TX 75382 Or please fill out the form below to contribute online Make a Donation or Join TCA Today Name First Last Please include your spouse s name too if applicable Address Street Address City Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Armed Forces Americas Armed Forces Europe Armed Forces Pacific State ZIP Code Gift Frequency I want to make a one time donation I want to give a recurring amount each month Payment Choice Credit Card One time Gift Amount 40 Membership Dues 100 500 1000 Other Monthly Giving Amount 5 00 10 00 20 00 50 00 Other Other amount Example 250 Monthly giving options Indefinitely 6 months 12 months 24 months Continue my gift for this many months Contact TCA to edit or cancel your monthly giving options Credit Card MasterCard Visa Card Number Month 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 Expiration Date Security Code Cardholder Name Email To receive receipt and occasional

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  • Issues & Outreach - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search ISSUES AND OUTREACH TCA has been serving Texas conservation for more than 45 years Click on a topic below to learn more about issues and outreach projects which support Texas rivers forests coastlines and natural wildlife habitats for future generations of Texans to enjoy ISSUES BIG THICKET TOLL ROAD PROPOSED CEDAR

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  • Water Recycling
    one tenth the acreage The East Fork Wetland when fully operational will produce almost the same amount of water that Lake Lavon produces each year with less than one tenth the acreage HOW IT WORKS With water recycling instead of sending a city s treated wastewater downstream the water is reclaimed and re used locally The reclaimed water is subjected to advanced purification techniques that make it clean enough to be put back into our water supply A portion of Texas water supply is already recycled and there s potential to recycle a whole lot more There are two major ways that water is recycled One is by filtering it through specially created wetlands the other is using high tech membranes combined with other advanced processes in specialized facilities to purify the water With wetland filtration the wetland acts as a natural filter to remove waste products from the water Great examples are the East Fork Wetland adjacent to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center just south of Dallas managed by the North Texas Municipal Water District NTMWD and George W Shannon Wetlands at Richland Chambers Reservoir developed by the Tarrant Regional Water District TRWD At these wetlands water is pumped from the Trinity River into beautiful constructed wetlands As the water flows through the wetlands aquatic plants remove ammonia phosphorous nitrogen and other waste products from the water and use them as nutrients Bacteria and sunlight also contribute to the cleaning process The water is then pumped back into a water supply lake The wetlands provide wonderful habitat for wildlife Eagles at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center PROMOTING COST EFFECTIVE WATER RECYCLING IN THE DFW AREA AND WEST TEXAS Any solution to meet future water demands must be cost competitive with other alternatives Municipal water recycling is cost effective as well as safe This exciting alternative to reservoir construction is making the building of new dams obsolete Water engineers have no doubts about the safety of recycling a city s treated wastewater Due to a lack of public information however some people may have concerns about water recycling Texas Conservation Alliance is reaching thousands of people with briefings programs videos and exhibits describing the advantages of increased water recycling TCA is especially focused on encouraging water recycling in the Dallas Fort Worth area The DFW region has the biggest gap between current water supply and projected future demands for water Increasing municipal water recycling in the DFW region can save Texans billions of dollars and avoid the environmental and social costs of buildling new reservoirs BENEFITS OF DIRECT WATER REUSE RECYCLING Costs less than most other alternatives such as building new reservoirs Produces cleaner drinking water than ordinary tap water like bottled water Has a less onerous permitting process than a new water right Can be implemented in modules as demand grows avoiding high up front cost of reservoir Can often be located at existing facilities and near customers to reduce construction and pumping costs Is drought proof supply

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  • Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in BTNP - Texas Conservation Alliance
    The Conservation Fund The Big Thicket National Preserve is a jewel of the National Park System but the negative impacts to the national park are not the only reason we oppose construction of the 105 Toll Road said Jan Ruppel President of the Big Thicket Association Among the concerns expressed by Ruppel are impacts to the several miles of wetlands that would be affected by the toll road Wetlands play a key role in reducing storm surges during hurricanes and other flooding events The projection of 9 billion in revenues over 50 years is a red flag added Janice Bezanson executive director of Texas Conservation Alliance a 45 year old statewide organization which looks at the economics of public projects as well as their environmental impacts That s 180 million per year At the 2 00 to 2 50 per car toll that s being suggested it would take 8 000 to 10 000 cars per hour 24 hours a day for five decades to produce those revenues That s totally implausible After receiving a number of emails in opposition to the 105 Toll Road Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick tabled a county resolution that would have supported the project saying he wanted to hear how the toll road company and the Texas Department of Transportation respond to the concerns expressed The issues posed in the emails included impacts on wetlands impacts on neighborhoods and condemnation of property After citizens in the area northeast of Dallas vociferously opposed a toll road proposed by the Texas Turnpike Corporation in that region in 2014 State Representative Cindy Burkett sponsored a bill in the Texas Legislature to take away the power of private toll road corporations to condemn land under eminent domain HB 565 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in

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  • The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir is Waste of Money for Abilene Residents - Texas Conservation Alliance
    that the total water supply for the upper Brazos River would be reduced not increased and 3 The water demand used to justify Cedar Ridge Reservoir in the regional water plan is water to cool hypothetical steam electric generating plants but none are proposed for the region Coal fired generating plants are declining indeed many existing plants have been decommissioned The dramatic proliferation of wind farms in counties near Abilene make building a steam electric generating plant even less likely in that region than elsewhere The op ed ended by urging the City Council Members of Abilene to abandon the costly unnecessary project Being included in the Regional Plan doesn t necessarily mean that the reservoir will be built that s up to the Abilene City Council It s time for Abilene residents to take a close look at the 290 million price tag to build Cedar Ridge Reservoir you ll learn that building it would be a waste of Abilene citizens money The City of Abilene currently has permits and contracts totaling 53 500 acre feet of water per year Abilene s current water supply is adequate to meet its growing needs at least until 2070 According to the draft Regional Water Plan Abilene s future municipal water use is projected to grow to 32 060 acre feet per year AFY in 2070 The City of Abilene currently has permits and contracts totaling 53 500 acre feet of water per year In short Abilene already has access to enough water now to provide 67 more water per year than will be needed in 2070 To justify its recommendation of Cedar Ridge the Regional Water Plan projects a demand for water to cool steam electric generating plants in the Abilene area this in spite of the fact that steam electric generation is declining throughout the country and no new steam electric plants are proposed for the region Plans for more than 150 new coal fired plants have been canceled in the U S in the past decade some power plants have been shut down and in 2012 only one new coal fired plant came on line in the entire country The odds of an additional steam electric plant being built in Taylor or surrounding counties are vanishingly small Even if a steam electric plant were built it would be unprecedented and inappropriate to ask the people of Abilene to build a reservoir to provide water to cool it Historically power companies have secured and paid for their own cooling water There are other reasons besides cost not to build the proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir A major one is the amount of water that would be lost to evaporation The amount of evaporation is determined by the surface acreage of the lake According to an engineering study Cedar Ridge would lose an average of 16 000 acre feet per year to evaporation That is it would evaporate and lose more than half as much water each year as the City of

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  • Forests - Texas Conservation Alliance
    on protecting native Texas ecosystems As part of our campaign to protect national forest lands TCA built the support for designation of five areas in Texas national forests as wilderness areas ended clearcutting on 200 000 acres of national forest land in Texas and has been instrumental in obtaining special protections for tens of thousands of additional acres of forest TCA s forest issues consultant Larry Shelton is building on the work of TCA founder Ned Fritz to increase the amount of protected land in the National Forests in Texas Larry whose knowledge has led Forest Service personnel to routinely invite his input in the early planning stages of management actions reviews every management prospectus including logging road building prescribed burning development of off road vehicle trails recovery from tornado and hurricane wind events and management of southern pine beetle outbreaks to identify areas with exceptional ecological scenic or geologic resources He performs an on the ground assessment of resources and works with Forest Service personnel to have streams bogs pockets of old growth forest special geologic features and other rare habitats excluded from management activities or set aside as Special Management Areas SMAs TCA also provides input as program level guidelines are developed for management of Texas national forests TCA participates on a Forest Service committee to recommend how recreational dollars will be spent in Texas national forests and on committees making decisions about management of wilderness areas In 2016 for the first time in 20 years the U S Forest Service will begin a multi year revision of the Land and Resource Management Plan the primary guidance document for the national forest lands in Texas TCA will work with Forest Service personnel to develop ecologically based management guidelines and to nominate Special Management Areas where logging is restricted

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