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Natural Outlook, 2016

Articles for the year.
Stephen Davis
TCEQ Employee Spotlight: Stephen Davis
December 2016

Stephen Davis, manager of the TCEQ’s Air Modeling and Data Analysis Section, found himself happily in Texas after a childhood in South Carolina and time in the Air Force. A veteran of the agency since 1989, Davis rose to his current position following a career in public affairs.
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Seagrass
A Healthy Ecosystem
November 2016

When TCEQ scientists need to assess the health of a Gulf bay ecosystem, they look to the seagrass. We travel out onto Christmas Bay with TCEQ's Pat Bohannon and his team of researchers to see just how the bay is affecting the seagrass, and how the seagrass benefits the bay.
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Dam breach
Holding Back Disaster
October 2016

When extreme weather strikes Texas, and its dams become stressed, emergency responders turn to the TCEQ's dam safety engineers to help prevent disasters.
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New building
Passing the Test
September 2016

The TCEQ recently moved its Houston-area laboratory to Sugar Land. The former stem cell lab has lots of new features that make it a better fit than the old facility.
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Mickey Leland logo
Not Just An Internship
August 2016

This year, the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship program marks 25 years since it was started at one of TCEQ's predecessor agencies, the Texas Water Commission. Nearly 2,000 interns have benefited from the program.
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water tower
TCEQ’s ‘Boots on the Ground’
July 2016

Many of the TCEQ's environmental investigators, who are among 500 field staff situated at regional offices throughout Texas, have the primary job of ensuring that public water systems are doing everything they need to do to keep each area’s water supply safe for public consumption.
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Indian paintbrush
2016 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards
May/June 2016

Nine honorees received the state's highest environmental award for doing their part to protect and conserve the Texas environment.
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Jon Niermann
Meet Jon Niermann, the TCEQ’s Newest Commissioner
April 2016

Jon Niermann brings a wealth of experience to his position as the TCEQ's newest commissioner. He is no stranger to environmental law, regulations, nor to the agency.
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Employee volunteers
TCEQ Employees Volunteer in Their Communities
February/March 2016

Whether building trails in a state park, hauling tons of gravel, categorizing plant species, or teaching kids to fish, each of these four environmental investigators use their time and talents to give back to their communities and make Texas an even better place to live.
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Leaves
2015: A Busy Year
January 2016

The year 2015 was a busy one for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The agency’s dedicated staff and leadership achieved too many things to list, but this story focuses on a few of the highlights.
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