Sep 17 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]

Green Houston: Houston Climate Week - Online (Sept. 14-18)

Sep 14 2020 - 8:00am to Sep 18 2020 - 5:00pm

In commemoration of the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the City of Houston’s Office of Sustainability cordially invites you to attend the Virtual Houston Climate Week Sept. 14-18 to highlight how Houston is taking action on climate and officially kickoff the implementation phase of the recently-released Houston Climate Action Plan. Registration is now open.

Downwinders at Risk: SharedAirDFW Air Monitoring Network Open House - Online

Sep 14 2020 - 5:00pm to Sep 18 2020 - 8:00pm
Online TX

Explore the new 21st Century air monitoring network and digital map made for DFW by people who live in DFW. It's the only one of its kind in Texas and one of the few in the US. It's also the only place you can find the location of all major air polluters in the City of Dallas, with the kinds and volumes of pollution they release with one click. This is a great tool for citizens to use - for planning your day or your neighborhood.

North Texas Giving Day - Online

Sep 17 2020 - 7:00am to 11:45pm
Online TX

Annual online event hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas. Donations are matched to local nonprofits, who are pre-approved prior to the day.

In addition, nonprofits can receive various cash prizes.

Many North Texas environmental and animal welfare nonprofits are participating including Texas Campaign for the Environment, Dallas Sierra Club, Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club, Downwinders at Risk, Groundwork Dallas, Texas Trees Foundation, Tandy Hills Natural Area, Twelve Hills Nature Center and the Humane Society of North Texas.

This year, for the first time, participants can donate to FoodsourceDFW, the sister organization of GreenSourceDFW.

No Nuclear Waste: Letter Writing Party - Zoom

Sep 17 2020 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

About: Interim Storage Partners, a partnership of Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists and Orano USA, has requested a license to "temporarily" store 5,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at its 14,000-acre site in Andrews County, with plans to store up to 40,000 metric tons. The storage canisters would be transported by rail from operating, decommissioning and decommissioned commercial nuclear power plants around the country. The NRC recently released a draft study of the project’s environmental impact.

Opposition: A coalition of Texas activists, including SEED, Sierra Club, Public Citizen Texas and the Tarrant Coalition for Environmental Awareness, oppose the plan due to the high risk of transportating the lethal material by rail through major population centers. In addition, the facility is not designed to store high level radioactive waste. Critics say the West Texas facility is at risk of becoming a permanent site for the nation's most deadly nuclear waste because of the dangers of relocating the waste a second time. They are asking concerned residents to comment on the plan.

Online Public Comment: 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.

Modify and send a letter composed by Austin-based NoNuclearWaste.org.

Email: The NRC will accept email comments at: [email protected]. The Docket ID, NRC-2016- 0231, should be included in the subject line of comments.

USPS: Comments can also be mailed to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff.

Deadline: Nov. 3, 2020.

Letter Writing Party: Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Public Webinar: The NRC will host online public webinar/ meetings for the WCS nuclear waste dump proposal on Oct. 1, 6, 8 and 15.

Info: Karen Hadden, [email protected]