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Natural Outlook, 2015

Articles for this year.
Dr. Michael Redda
TCEQ Employee Spotlight: Dr. Michael Redda
December 2015

Michael Redda works as a wastermaster liaison for the TCEQ. The naturalized citizen lends his expertise in environmental science and his experiences being brought up in often drought-ravaged Ethiopia to help both Texas and his homeland maximize their water resources efficiently.
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Housing
From Contamination to Rejuvenation
November 2015

What was once a neglected patch of land that served as an illegal dumpsite in Austin is now a burgeoning community of energy efficient "green" homes. The transformation owes thanks to dedicated volunteers working with state and local brownfields programs.
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coastline
Listening Sessions Offer Input Opportunities on Gulf Coast Restoration
October 2015

Feedback obtained on the priorities document used to select projects for funding under the federal RESTORE Act.
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Capitol
The 84th Legislative Session Adjourns on a Successful Note for the TCEQ
September 2015

Legislators approved total appropriations of $912.4 million, a 25 percent increase over the 2014–15 biennium.
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Map
Watermaster Program for Brazos Basin Begins
August 2015

The new watermaster program for the Brazos River Basin from Possum Kingdom to the Gulf Coast is up and running. Find out what having a watermaster means for water-right holders and for managing this sometimes scarce resource.
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Indian Blanket flower
Texas Environmental Excellence Awards 2015
July 2015

A diverse group of winners are honored for conserving and improving the state's natural resources.
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Cinco Electronics Recycling warehouse
Proud Partners
May/June 2015

More than 50 Take Care of Texas Proud Partners have demonstrated their commitment to protecting the Texas environment, including Cinco Electronics Recycling in Austin.
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Houston skyscrapers
Texas Air Quality Continues to Improve
April 2015

Despite a rapidly growing population, Texas air quality continues to get better and better.
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EnviroMentor artwork
EnviroMentors Help the Boy Scouts “Be Prepared”
March 2015

When the Boy Scouts bought a ranch for day camps, they became a "public water system" and had no idea what to do next. TCEQ EnviroMentors step up to help.
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Summit artwork
Central Texas Environmental Summit Encourages Partnerships
February 2015

Agency leaders tell attendees that their involvement has allowed the ever-growing region to achieve both economic and environmental success.
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Capitol
84th Texas Legislative Session Brings New Faces, New Initiatives, New Challenges
January 2015

Because of the reach and scope of the TCEQ, the 84th legislative session will address issues that affect the agency.
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