Sep 10 2020

ACTION ALERT! Dallas Sierra Club: Stop W.Texas Nuke Waste Dump Expansion - COMMENT

Jul 24 2020 - 7:00am to Nov 3 2020 - 5:00pm

Per Dallas Sierra Club:

Before Nov. 3 (pushed back from July 29!), comment on the latest Interim Storage Partners proposal to ship high level nuclear waste to their "temporary" facility in Andrews County TX. See complete docket which links to place for online comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Use Docket ID, NRC-2016- 0231. Modify and send a letter composed by Austin-based NoNuclearWaste.org. UPDATE: The NRC site is being redesigned so you will be redirected to what they're calling the regulations "beta site." Until Oct. 31, use this link to comment. Use Docket ID, NRC-2016-0231. If you have any questions about submitting your comment, contact the NRC support desk at 877-378-5457.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grant Application (Deadline Nov. 6)

Aug 11 2020 - 8:00am to Nov 6 2020 - 5:00pm

The Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) is now accepting applications for outdoor education programming.  CO-OP grants provide funding to tax-exempt organizations for programming that engages under-represented populations in TPWD mission-oriented outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education activities.  Grant awards range between $5,000 - $30,000 for eligible activities that take place between March 1, 2021 – Sept. 1, 2022.  This is NOT a construction grant and funds can support personnel, training, transportation, food, program fees and supplies. 

Recreation Grants staff will host a CO-OP Grant Writing Webinar on Tuesday, Sept.15 at 9 a.m.  This online webinar will discuss grant program requirements, provide an overview of the application process, review the newly modified scoring criteria and answer questions from applicants.  The webinar will be recorded so those unable to attend the live streaming can view the recorded webinar once available. Click the link below to register for the upcoming CO-OP Grant Writing Webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4529400076455690253

Applications are available now via the RGO 2020 system and the deadline is Nov. 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST. Grant awards will be announced on March 1, 2021. 

For more information and to apply, please visit:https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/grants/recreation-grants/community-outdoor-outreach-program-co-op-grants.  

Info: [email protected] or call (512) 389-8224.

Texas Conservation Alliance: Lights Out Texas (Sept. 5-Oct. 29)

Sep 5 2020 - 11:00pm to Oct 29 2020 - 6:00am
Statewide TX

The campaign hosted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texas Conservation Alliance, Houston Audubon encourages homeowners, businesses and managers of tall buildings to eliminate or reduce lighting between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sept. 5 to Oct. 29, during the peak of the fall migration.

North Central Texas Council of Governments: Transportation Funding Programs - Public Comment (Sept. 8-Oct.7)

Sep 8 2020 - 8:00am to Oct 7 2020 - 5:00pm
Online TX

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is conducting an online input opportunity to give residents the chance to comment on a series of transportation initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

NCTCOG staff will provide information related to Fiscal Year 2020 proposed transit projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Programs of projects will be presented from the cities of Arlington, Grand Prairie, McKinney and Mesquite, as well as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority, NCTCOG, Trinity Metro, Northeast Transportation Service (NETS), Public Transit Services (PTS), Span Inc. and STAR Transit.

Funding programs include Urbanized Area Formula, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, State of Good Repair, and Bus and Bus Facilities.

NCTCOG staff will also present findings from the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Impact Study. The study was conducted by Texas A&M Transportation Institute in coordination with NCTCOG. The study characterized and estimated emission impacts of oversize/overweight vehicles on air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment area.

Additionally, staff will present details and opportunities related to electric vehicle infrastructure funding and other clean vehicle incentives. Rebate funding will soon be available for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across Texas through the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program. Staff will present key details on how to take advantage of this funding as well as provide other opportunities available for North Texans or fleets to acquire cleaner vehicles.

Staff will also present details of the $5 million Optimizing Freight Movement Project proposal designed to improve the flow of truck traffic between freight hubs and expressways. The project will identify where improving the flow of trucks can do the most good and select one or more technologies to enhance truck travel.

In addition to the presentations, proposed modifications to the list of funded projects will be posted for review and comment. Finally, information on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and vehicle incentive opportunities will also be available.

North Texans are encouraged to provide their input at www.nctcog.org/input beginning Sept. 8 and continuing through Oct. 7.

To request printed copies of the information, call 817-608-2365 or email [email protected].

City of Arlington: Value of Water Art Contest - Online (Deadline Oct. 13)

Sep 8 2020 - 8:00am to Oct 13 2020 - 5:00pm

The Value of Water Mini Poster Contest is open to pre-K through fourth-grade students who live in Arlington. Entries are due by Oct. 13. The contest is sponsored by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Public Library, River Legacy Living Science Center and Tarrant Regional Water District.

Winners will receive a pack of water-themed books, a water science kit and passes to the Discovery Room at River Legacy Living Science Center. Each winner and their teacher will also receive an invitation to be recognized at an Arlington City Council meeting. The water department will also display winning entries at Arlington City Hall or the Arlington Water Utilities South Service Center this fall.

Info: See website below.

Contact: [email protected]

City of FW and Texas A&M AgriLife: Made for Shade Gardening - Virtual

Sep 10 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Microsoft Teams TX

Learn about the many native and adapted plants that not only survive, but thrive in shadier spots along with tips and tricks to create beautiful shade gardens that beat the Texas heat. We’ll also cover gardening under mature trees as well as turf alternatives and hardscape options for low light areas. Fort Worth staff will be attending the live online seminars in case you have questions pertaining specifically to Fort Worth outdoor irrigation restrictions and programs.

Free. Register on the link below.

Fort Worth Audubon Society: Nests and Eggs 101 - Zoom

Sep 10 2020 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

Learn about the eggs, nests, and nesting habits of birds from the comfort of our homes via FWAS's historic first-ever virtual Zoom Webinar meeting.

Hosted by Robyn Bailey leader of Project Nestwatch from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (courtesy of the American Birding Association Virtual Bird Club)

The FWAS meeting starts at 7 p.m. but you may log-in as early as 6:50 p.m. The Link for the meeting will be posted at the FWAS website on link below.

Info: Scott Hollinger at [email protected] or 817-706-1434

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