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Texas is a big and beautiful state and it's important we protect and conserve its natural resources for future generations. Across the state, Texans are finding fun, creative ways to do their part, and they're garnering impressive results. The following are excerpts of the most innovative, successful ideas submitted.

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Valerie & Barry Howard from Waco

I have been camping at Garner State Park for 23 years by 1990. Barry told me about the many camping trips that he had taken with his best friend in other State Parks the first 2 years we were together, so I just had to show him the piece of Heaven that God created in The Texas Hill Country. We have continued the same tradition that my family started in the 60’s with about 150 family members & friends who have come & gone over the years. Taking Care of Texas is always in our hearts, when we climb Old Baldy, we take more trash bags then we realize, however, we always manage to get it all down. We pick trash out of the Frio and although, we have received many tickets for “open cans” in the river we still keep taking care of Texas. This July we will be a party of 2. Some of us just need to be with our own family after the past year of uncertainty and pain. Barry and I included. We are going to go to South Llano State Park, for the week & keep our family tradition even if for 1 day on the Frio and GSP. You better believe we have plans to keep taking care of Texas by day then thanking God for the beautiful awe of it all by night as we look up at the stars knowing the best memories have been made with friends and family & are a very special part of our lives now. KEEP TAKING CARE OF TEXAS! NOT FADE AWAY....

Tommy Daum from New Braunfels

I am always looking for ways to reuse, restore, recycle. Noticed that a pipe laying operation here in New Braunfels, was removing the saddles that the big pipes are delivered on . Asking what they did with them , they trash them, so I asked if I could have them. Response yes. I will have multiple uses for them , including posts for fence and uprights for new patio.
There are a lot of ways .

Texas Master Naturalist, Lost Pines Chapter from Bastrop, Texas

Taking Care of Texas Since 2012 as Texas Master Naturalists, Lost Pines Chapter.
Weekly…my wife and I have picked up roadside and trail litter along a targeted 5 miles of city streets, county roadways and local riverside hiking trails, removing close to 2,000 pounds of litter each year.

Frank M from Bastrop

Since 2012, my wife and I have picked up roadside and trail litter along 5 miles of city and county roads and hiking trails, averaging close to 2,000 pounds a year.

Joy Pruner from China Spring

I am helping to take care of Texas by using glass (instead of plastic) for storage as much as possible. I have been buying milk products from Volleman's Dairy in Gustine, TX. - Their milk is bottled in glass, and is returned to the retailer for refund on deposit.

I also use canning jars for storage of beans, rice, pasta, etc. I also make homemade bar-b-que sauce which I store in glass canning jars in the fridge.

Mariana from Dallas

We can take care of Texas by not throwing trash and pick up trash we can also throw trash in the trash

Colleen D from Corpus Christi

I live on North Padre Island..I've done beach clean ups, put out bird feeders and plant flowers that will keep the Monarch butterflies coming back. I'm so protective of Texas because she has given us so much beauty!

International Water saver Environmental Services from Sugerland

I am hydro geologist / professor of Environmental Science in Houston Community College.
I have 40 years water and environment project experience. I am interested to visit EPA and want to exchange my knowledge and experience with your department. Because I want to update my information and want to look my students interest in environmental science .

Bulverde Creek Elementary - North East ISD from San Antonio, TX. 78259

Jiana and Julian Garcia spent their last day of winter break cleaning up the Bulverde Creek Elementary grounds. They enjoy being outside and the natural environment. When Jiana saw how the wind had blown trash around their school’s playground, she decided to start picking up litter. Julian followed and before long they had a trash bag filled with trash.

Frank May from Bastrop

In 2012 my wife Catherine and I started picking up litter along 4 miles of Bastrop County roadways. We average over 20 pounds of roadside litter a week. So far, we have moved over 9,000 pounds of litter from these roadways to the landfill.

Cathy Salling from Watauga

I put buckets in my shower to catch water. When they are full, I use them to water plants or flush the toilet. I don't use a dishwasher. Instead, I use buckets to wash & rinse the dishes, then use the water on my plants. I use laundry detergent sheets instead of liquid detergent so there is no plastic jug to go in the landfill. I stopped using plastic ziploc bags. Instead I bought silicone reclosable reusable bags. I aslo stopped using paper towels. I use cloth napkins instead. Instead of kleenex, I use cloth handkerchiefs. All excess fruit & vegetable scraps go in the compost. All plastic and paper go in the recycle. I use atotally renewable energy company. I keep the thermostat on 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter. My heater has a heat pump. Outside, I have three rain barrels to catch water for the lawn. Since I only have renewable energy, my lawn mower, blower and weed eater are all electric. My front lawn is totally xeriscaped. My back yard is 75% xeriscaped. I have a vegetable garden to grow organic food. I only use organic pesticides and fertilizers. And lastly, I drive a Prius. I will be watching all the comments to determine if there is something else I can do.

OB from Out in the country near Banquete, Texas

We use grey water from our tub and washing machine into the yard to water grass and collect and recycle aluminum cans.

Randy W.. from North Richland Hills

New windows have been a huge savings. Caulking through out - no window or door leakage. 2 new toilets and shower heads with new 2 water saving faucets. New soffit and facia have all added up to an extremely energy saving home. Oh, and solar panels mean that we have had no electric bills in over a year.

Carol M. from Houston

One of my favorite things in Texas and I was born in Houston 63 y.o. is my love and respect for Willie Nelson, been going to his concerts in the 70's. and 4th of July picnics!!! What a blast!

Lorraine D. from Pflugerville

Conserve and recycle is my motto!

Lorraine D. from Pflugerville

I am that person turning out lights and fans when no one is using room. I am the one recycling cans, bottles and boxes and shredding newspapers for mulch.

The Celtic Cowboys from Houston

We hold Texas in trust for those that follow

Zoe B from New Braunfels

I'm a follower of Lady Bird Johnson. Constantly picking up trash along our roads

Nancy F. from Copperas Cove

We have rain barrels to water raised vegetable beds( which take less water). We have showerheads that can be turned off as you soap up. We don't rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, we have a lot of little things we do such as never leave a light on if there in no one in there. We try hard to conserve and save!

Roy vaughn from Midland , tx

Pickup and recycle beer cans on side of the road

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