From South Padre Island to Galveston Bay, and from the San Marcos River to Lake Lewisville, Texas rivers, lakes and beaches draw thousands of people every time the sun is out and the temperature is up. But many of the waterways where Texans love to play are sometimes too polluted for people to go swimming, tubing, or wading safely. An analysis of water testing data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reveals that Texas beaches, rivers and lakes frequently exceed bacteria levels deemed safe under state law, indicating unsafe levels of fecal contamination.
Thousands of leaders from all over the world descended upon San Francisco last week for the first Global Climate Action Summit, hosted by the governor of California, Jerry Brown. The summit included disparate voices from all over the world, and they helped paint a picture of what the future of global climate action might look like.
There are dozens of Superfund hazardous waste sites in states potentially affected by Hurricane Florence. Flooding of hazardous waste sites can result in toxic substances finding their way into flood waters and nearby communities.