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  • Water Can Be Reclaimed & Reused - Texas Conservation Alliance
    drain is captured and piped to a wastewater treatment plant There it is cleaned enough to be released into creeks and rivers Downstream cities impound some of it and use it for water supply With water recycling instead of sending the treated wastewater downstream it 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 East Fork Wetland is adjacent to John Bunker Sands Wetland Center south of Dallas With wetland filtration the wetland acts as a natural filter to remove waste products from the water A great example is 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 There water is pumped from the Trinity River into a beautiful 2000 acre constructed wetland As the water flows through the wetland aquatic plants take about 70 of the ammonia phosphorous nitrogen and other waste products out of the water and use them as nutrients Bacteria and sunlight also contribute to the cleaning process After 7 to 10 days the water is pumped back into Lake Lavon increasing NTMWD s water supply and improving water quality and the aquatic habitat of the lake A side benefit to municipalities is that wetlands are great habitat for birds and wildlife and a beautiful area for public recreation community education and research Another advantage is that wetlands require less land than a reservoir 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 The other major approach to recycling water begins with membrane filtration Membranes with microscopic pores a tiny fraction of a micron in size remove bacteria viruses and other harmful organisms After filtering the water is subjected to ultraviolet light and chemicals that are already used in water treatment These carefully monitored advanced purification processes result in water that is cleaner than most of what we drink today One membrane technology reverse osmosis R O which is sometimes used by bottled water companies results in water that is similar to distilled water Water from reverse osmosis is so pure that producers of bottled water who use R O often add salts back to the water to improve the flavor Crested Caracara Drought stressed cities in West Texas such as El Paso Big Spring Brownwood and Wichita Falls are using or planning purification plants of this type to stretch limited resources As the population grows in other areas advanced purification plants will become an ever

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/?portfolio=water-reclaimed (2016-05-01)
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  • Climate Change Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Menu Menu HOME ABOUT TCA DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Climate Change Newsletter October 2015 By tcatexas on

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/category/climate-change/ (2016-05-01)
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  • In the News Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search In the News East Texas Photos 1 25 By tcatexas on April 7 2016 0 0 Read more Newsletter February 2016 By tcatexas on February 26 2016 0

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/category/news/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Planned Giving: Leaving a Legacy of Conservation - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Planned Giving Leaving a Legacy of Conservation For several years the board of directors of TCA has focused on implementing policies to ensure that TCA is a viable effective organization now and into the future We have incorporated the organization improved accounting and management procedures established a reserve fund drafted a succession plan and developed an efficient flexible structure using part time contractors to expand our sphere of influence in a steady sustainable way Janice Bezanson is celebrating 30 years as a member and 25 years on staff for TCA by naming TCA as a beneficiary of her retirement fund For our next step in assuring the long range success of TCA we have launched a planned giving campaign to encourage our members and friends to make TCA a partial beneficiary of their will retirement plan or life insurance policy Legacy gifts like these will help protect rivers forests and other natural resources for generations to come Please consider TCA as you make your plans for the future More information is available and we want you to contact us with any questions or concerns you

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/plannedgiving/ (2016-05-01)
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  • TPWD Director Touts Benefits of East Texas' Outdoors at TCA's 45th Annual Meeting - Texas Conservation Alliance
    East Texas Carter Smith Executive Director Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Quoting from The Land of Bears and Honey Smith spoke eloquently of the important role the rivers and forests of East Texas have played in Texas history and of the quality of life that East Texas scenic beauty brings to local residents and visitors alike He spoke with equal enthusiasm of the economic benefits that scenic beauty offers the people of the region and of East Texans interest in protecting nature Smith said there had been a bunch of surveys conducted by TPWD that include questions about the importance of protecting the lands water and wildlife of Texas He said the responses have been overwhelmingly in support of conservation In one recent survey 99 of those responding said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that we Texans have a personal responsibility to protect the state s land wildlife and parks 90 felt that state parks are essential to the state and are especially important in tough economic times According to Smith the state expends only 1 15 per resident to operate the state park system Texas state parks produce a 3 000 return on that investment in the form of local and statewide economic benefits Smith encouraged East Texans to take advantage of Texas State Parks and also to develop more local opportunities for residents and tourists to hike fish hunt and paddle With a theme of Celebrating the Rivers and Forests of East Texas the Texas Conservation Alliance meeting highlighted major successes in protecting those rivers and forests the Big Thicket National Preserve the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge state parks national forest wilderness areas and many local wild spaces which to provide trails recreation and protection for East Texas remarkable natural features TCA Executive Director

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/annual-meeting-2015/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Brazos River Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Menu Menu HOME ABOUT TCA DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Posts tagged with Brazos River LOWER COST OPTIONS FOR WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/tag/brazos-river/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Cedar Ridge Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Menu Menu HOME ABOUT TCA DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Posts tagged with Cedar Ridge LOWER COST OPTIONS FOR WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE

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  • NWF Wins - Upper Trinity failed
    Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search NWF Wins Court Case on Water Conservation April 2015 NWF Wins Court Case on Water Conservation Kudos to the National Wildlife Federation NWF for launching a crucial victory to protect Texas future water supplies A district court judge ruled recently that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality TCEQ erred in permitting an interbasin transfer of water from the proposed Lake Ralph Hall In a case brought by NWF the court found that the Upper Trinity Regional Water District UTRWD who wants to build the reservoir had not demonstrated compliance with the water conservation requirements established by the Texas Legislature The judge got it right but it never should have come to this stated Myron Hess Manager of Texas Water Programs and Counsel for the National Wildlife Federation Unfortunately UTRWD didn t really make a reasonable effort to comply with what is the most stringent water conservation standard in state law despite the Legislature s explicit direction to set a very high standard Since 1997 Texas law has required that whenever a water utility seeks a permit to transfer water from one river basin to another TCEQ is required to ensure that that utility has developed and implemented a water conservation plan that will result in the highest practicable levels of water conservation and efficiency achievable UTRWD s conservation plan fell short in numerous ways According to TCA executive director Janice Bezanson the permit for Ralph Hall Lake was the first of its kind since the water conservation legislation was passed making it a precedent setting case Both TCEQ and the Upper Trinity Regional Water District have appealed the decision Related Share Tags NWF Ralph Hall Lake Reservoirs Texas Conservation Trinity River Permanent Link Related Articles The Proposed

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/nwf-wins-court-case-on-water-conservation/ (2016-05-01)
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