Environmental News Update 5/3/02
GBFs Shead Moving On
Linda Shead, director of the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) since its founding in 1987, recently resigned her position. Alisha Goldberg, former programs manager, is currently acting as director. Sheads plans are to open a local office of the Trust for Public Land. Her first project will be to identify areas around the bay that should be preserved.
Locals to Lead Higher Environmental Education Council
The local environmental community will be well-represented on the new Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), a group of 40 leaders from environmental colleges, schools, and institutes organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment. David Prior, dean of geosciences at Texas A&M, is president-elect of the council, and Jim Lester, director of the Environmental Institute of Houston at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is also a member. The groups mission is to improve the quality of college-level environmental programs and expand their effectiveness beyond academia. More information on CEDD is available at: http://CNIE.org/NCSE/CEDD/
Mexican Trucks May Be Heading Our Way
For 20 years, the US Department of Transportation has kept Mexican trucks out of the United States due to safety and operational concerns. But the Bush administration says the North American Free Trade Agreement requires easing the ban, which inhibits trade. The Administration had planned to sign regulations this week that would allow some 30,000 truck to cross the border, starting within the next few months. But a lawsuit filed by labor, trucking, and environmental groups is trying to stop the new rules. The suit says the Clean Air Act prohibits the US government from taking any action that increases air pollution in regions that are out of compliance with federal pollution standards, including much of both Texas and southern California. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/02/ MN244465.DTL
Planning for Conservation
Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPW) is in the process of developing a statewide land and water conservation plan that will guide acquisitions of parkland and protected wildlife habitat. The conservation plan will also establish criteria for protecting rivers and streams. In order to ensure that the states natural resources are protected well into the future, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club is asking citizens to encourage TPW to develop an aggressive conservation plan that recommends acquisition of significant additional land and fully protects waterways. To send an editable fax/email on this topic to TPW leadership, visit: http://lonestar.sierraclubaction.org/react.asp?aacwc=34221241121325134
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