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If you’re like many Texans, the first warm, sunny weekend gets you motivated to spruce up your home. Developing simple, smart spring cleaning and home improvement habits can make a big difference for the environment and your pocketbook. Start by...
What is nonpoint source pollution? Nonpoint source pollution , also called runoff, results when contaminants from a variety of sources are carried by rainfall into surface water and groundwater sources. Pollutants include fertilizers, herbicides, oil, sediment, and bacteria and can...
You may qualify for rebates or tax incentives that will help you save money while conserving water, energy, and fuel. Click on your location to start saving! In addition to rebates, there are also federal tax credits available for certain...
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Take Care of Texas program today unveiled a specialty license plate, encouraging drivers to proudly show their commitment to the state’s environment. “With more than 9 million automobiles on the road in Texas, and...
Learn how to recycle items like glass, plastics, used oil, and tires, how you can celebrate Valentine's Day with many events at Texas State Parks, and read all about the new "Two Steps One Sticker" vehicle inspection and registration program...
The How Do You Take Care of Texas? Elementary School Art Contest received 3,991 entries—an increase of 1,355 over last year! It was extremely difficult to select just 16 winners from such beautiful, creative, and inspiring artwork. Gabriella Almaguer, a...
Organic landscape materials, including leaves, wood trimmings, and grass clippings often contribute significantly to a communities’ annual solid waste. During peak leafdrop in fall when residents are bagging and placing leaves at the curbside, organic materials may account for as...
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5th grade students in Texas to submit their artwork of how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. 15 students will...
There are many reasons people bike and there can be great personal and environmental benefits. However, biking also presents risks for both riders and drivers. Understanding and following the rules of the road reduces the risk of collision and makes...
According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, now is a perfect time to add a new tree or grouping of shrubs to your landscape. Fall months of September through December have distinct advantages. Plant roots grow anytime the soil...

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